Chevy Bolt EV Fires Investigated by Federal Government

by Aryn Plax

Oct 30, 2020

Federal authorities are investigating reports that nearly 78,000 model year 2017–2020 Chevrolet Bolt vehicles can catch fire.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that it has three reports of fires starting under the rear seats of parked cars, with one individual suffering smoke inhalation. Fire damage mostly appeared in the battery compartment areas and passenger areas.

From this investigation, NHTSA will determine if a recall is necessary.

In the meantime, General Motors says it will cooperate with federal probes and conduct an internal investigation.

In one March 2019 complaint, a 2018 Bolt owner in Massachusetts reported that their vehicle had been parked in a driveway and plugged into a charger when it burst into flames.

According to the owner’s report, smoke originated from the battery area. Firefighters took three hours to put out the fire.

Alt text: firefighters attempt to put out a car fire.

In another report to NHTSA, an owner of a 2019 Bolt took the car to a private parking lot of a townhouse development, after which a neighbor saw white smoke coming out of the Bolt. Even after firefighters twice put out the fire, the Bolt went up in flames a third time.

Source: Detroit Free Press