The Chevy Bolt might, literally, light your house on fire!
Regulators are advising Bolt owners to park outside because their cars might spontaneously combust!
The great EV transition is slowly descending onto the world - and with it comes new problems. EVs are greener, meaner, (not) leaner, and boy-oh-boy do they make great kindling. The meaner I was referring to wasn't the fact the car might light itself on fire in your home garage. That's a whole new type of mean... shall we rename the Bolt to Christine?!
The similarities between a car that wants to kill you and a car that might set your house a la flambe are too ironic--fiction ends up imitating life and vice versa. The 50,000 Chevrolet Bolt owners (MDY 2017-2019) are being advised to park their cars outside of a garage and away from any other structures because the cars are at risk of catching on fire. Chevrolet added to this recommendation by telling the owners not to charge the cars overnight!
The problem is with the battery pack under the backseat's bottom cushion. These batteries have been linked to five fires and two minor injuries--the report doesn't say how many houses went up in flames or if any structures were involved. GM is said to be working with dealers to diagnose batteries to detect any anomalies and if any are detected they'll be replacing battery modules.
Regardless of the recall, the NHTSA is recommending the affected Bolt owners to park outside... INDEFINITELY. Imagine buying an EV, only to find out you can't park it inside or around anything you don't want going up in flames and that overnight charging is also taboo. It seems like Bolt owner's options are to pull up a chair and watch the car charge--like watching a pot of boiling water; it won't charge fast enough because you're watching it and once you walk away, it's boiling over onto the cooktop.
On the bright side, GM is developing a battery diagnosis software, set for a 2022 release, that should prevent spontaneously combusting cars... or well it won't 'prevent it' you'll merely get a text from the car saying the Viking funeral is about to begin.