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Chevy Bolt Owners Instructions
If you visit here often, you’ll likely have read our article about the rules for Chevrolet Bolt owners (Chevy Bolt EV Recall Over Potential Fire Risk). You can click the link above in order to read it, but the we’ll do a quick recap here.
The Chevy Bolt has potential fire risks in the battery cells. The response to this was a recall with instructions on how to operate the car more safely. These instructions include things such as:
- Do NOT charge your car indoors.
- DON’T charge your car overnight.
- Do NOT charge your car to over 90% capacity.
- Do NOT let your car charge drop to 70 miles or below.
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Chevy Bolt Owners Ignoring The Recall
Chevy has tracking information in each of their cars batteries. Using this they can monitor the charge of the batteries from the cars that are still on the road. They report that up to 30% of Chevy Bolt owners are not following the instructions given. The reasons could be numerous, and the constant updating of the recall rules doesn’t help. Understandable that Chevy wants to put out new information as soon as it has it for the safety of their customers. This has been an ongoing issue for some time. Whilst many owners are following the rules, Gm motor company warns that those who do not follow rules could be headed towards hardships. They say that owners must conform and worry about some being unaware.
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The recall is now over 110,000 cars. This won’t be an overnight fix. The CEO said they have concerns over the current supply situation. The demand for EVs is very high and materials are currently being competed over fiercely. Every Chevy sold from fall 2017 up until the time of writing has to be recalled. There have been four confirmed fires so far. All of these owners were following the guidelines. Despite the possibility of the car erupting into flames, this many owners are simply ignoring the rules.
Understandably despite Chevys best efforts to contain the situation, owners are not happy. With no concrete date as to when the issue will be fixed nor replacement cars ready to go, it’s a dire situation. While they are making the best of the bad situation, the resolution is far from ideal. Chevy needs to reconsider. They’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. A better solution needs to be found fast as consumers are getting more and more disgruntled.
What Comes Next?
Replacement or curtsey cars are a must. Currently consumers are being punished for a fault that they are not to blame for. They simply bought a new car, an environmentally conscious one at that. It’s a real shame that not only are they being left car-less, but even those who cars still work must be in constant fear that their car will erupt into a ball of flames. Safety concerns for families and drivers are huge. If the car catches fire inside a garage it may very well set light to other items and it could cause smoke poisoning.
I believe this is not acceptable. As a result of this we think that Chevy should take more dramatic action and consider things such as offering a refund or at the very least allow users to swap the Bolt for a different model with the full value of the car subtracted from the total price. The current situation does not show enough initiative. Because of this Chevy is receiving a lot of negative reception on the matter.