Hybrids & Electrics

The Chevy Bolt Just Got Hotter – Literally

Many buyers might be apprehensive about making the switch to an electric car. After all, electric cars are pretty far from our norm. They can seem unfamiliar and intimidating, even if they are quite simple. If you pay too much attention to the news, you can find far too many cases of electric cars catching on fire, and it doesn’t do much to settle our apprehension. Even with more established models like the Chevy Bolt EV, problems like this can arise, and the newest Chevrolet recall is for just that.

The new Chevy Bolt recall

According to Consumer Reports, as many as 51,000 Bolt EVs are under recall by the manufacturer due to a potential fire risk. As many as five cases have been reported, each with a varying level of severity ranging from personal property damage to smoke inhalation. Luckily for owners, the fires reportedly occurred when the vehicle was parked and unoccupied.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is on display at the 109th Annual Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

No current resolution

Chevrolet has responded to the fire reports, and an investigation determined that the fires likely started under the back seats. The manufacturer does not currently have a solution to prevent this from happening, but they are currently working on releasing a new update that will prevent the car from charging past 90%. The hope is that this will prevent or significantly decrease the risk of the car catching fire, at least until a better solution can be found.

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV | Chevrolet
2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV | Chevrolet

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Still worth buying

There are still a lot of reasons why a Chevy Bolt is a good option for a new or used vehicle, even if you’re not particularly in the market for an electric vehicle. The car might not be as marketed as the new Teslas, but it’s comfortably priced, making it an affordable EV for new buyers. The new recall might sound scary, but there is no doubt that Chevrolet is working fast to resolve the issue, not just for current owners but also for its reputation.

Chevy Bolt EV
Chevy Bolt EV | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

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The newest recall for the Chevy Bolt definitely has things heating up. While Chevrolet may not be offering the solution that owners are looking for, an interim solution might just be enough to fix things. Regardless of this hiccup, the Bolt EV is still a good option if you are looking for your first electric vehicle, a reliable daily driver, or even a first car for a new driver.