The Chevy Bolt Fire Thing Has Really Been A Disaster For GM

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GM now says that some owners should park their Bolts 50 feet away from other cars.
Auto sales are bad in Europe, Rivian wants to raise billions more, and the Chevy Bolt fire thing sure seems bad. All that and more in The Morning Shift for September 16, 2021.

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1st Gear: There Was Another Chevy Bolt Fire And Now GM Says Some Owners Should Park Their Bolts 50 Feet Away From Other Cars

The Chevy Bolt has been the subject of recall after recall, because of potential fire issues, which is not, one can surmise, a good thing. GM has also said in recent days that it might buy back the Bolt from some owners, if they made enough noise, more or less.

Now, Bloomberg reports, GM is telling some owners to park their Bolts at least 50 feet away from other cars. This comes after another Bolt fire in Cherokee County, Georgia.

The new advice is likely to rankle owners who are already limiting their use of the Bolt to avoid overheating the battery and risking a fire. The parking guidance — recommending a distance of 50 feet from other parked cars — is especially difficult for owners in urban areas. GM has confirmed 10 fires. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the agency has found 13 fires in Bolts, but the company hasn't confirmed the additional three are part of the current recall issue. The Bolt normally can go 259 miles on a charge, but that has been limited by GM's guidance to avoid a fire. The automaker told Bolt owners to limit the charge to 90%, plug in more frequently and avoid depleting the battery to below about 70 miles of remaining range. They're also advised to park their vehicles outside immediately after charging and not leave them charging indoors overnight. The company will be telling Bolt owners who are concerned about parking in public places that it recommends keeping 50 feet from other cars in garages and lots, spokesman Dan Flores said.

This has been nothing short of a disaster for GM, even though the Bolt fires are in the low double digits and also LG deserves some of the blame. It is a shame because,…
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