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General Motors asked some owners of Chevrolet Bolt electric cars to park the vehicles at least at a distance of 50 feet from other cars to reduce the risk of spontaneous fire.
As many as 142,000 Bolts got sold since 2016 because the battery could catch on fire, as recalled by the Detroit automaker.
Approximately $1.8 billion charge has been taken by the GM by now for the cost of the recall and has been buying cars back from some disappointed owners. The company expected to recoup much of the price from battery supplier LG Corp.
Another suggestion is likely to annoy owners who are already limiting the use of the Bolt to avoid excess heating the battery and risking a fire. The parking guidance recommending a distance of 50 feet from other parked cars is especially tough for owners in urban areas.
Normally, the bolt can go 259 miles on a charge, but that has been limited by GM’s guidance to avoid any fire. The automaker asked the Bolt owners to limit the charge to 90 percent, plug in more often and avoid the depletion of battery to about below 70 miles of remaining range. They are also suggested to park their cars outside immediately after charging and not leave them charging indoors overnight.
GM has said the fires are a rare event and are the result of two uncommon defects that stem from a manufacturing problem in LG’s plants in Michigan and South Korea.