Chevy Bolt owners warned to park cars outside after Vermont fire

Published: Jul. 15, 2021 at 11:18 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 15, 2021 at 6:54 PM EDT
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THETFORD, Vt. (WCAX) - General Motors is telling some Chevy Bolt owners to park their cars outside and not to charge them unattended at night. The warning comes after two cars that had already had recall work done caught fire, one of them in Vermont.

The warning is for 2017-2019 Bolt EVs that were part of a group previously recalled due to fire in the batteries.

Two of the electric vehicles caught fire after they had the recall repairs done. One was in New Jersey, the other was in Thetford, Vermont. Vermont state Rep. Timothy Briglin owns that car.

Briglin’s Bolt was destroyed on July 1, nearly a month after he had it serviced under the recall. Fortunately, no one was injured.

Briglin credits the Thetford Fire Department for its quick response and knowledge on how to handle these battery fires.

Now, Briglin is working with federal investigators and GM to find out why some of the cars are bursting into flames.

He had the car for about three years.

Briglin says despite the fire, he’s still a big fan of EVs.

“Electric vehicles are less expensive to drive, less expensive to own over the long term and they’re easier to drive. I’ve been very satisfied with my electric vehicle experience with the exception of the battery issue,” Briglin said.

Briglin says he’s meeting with engineers from GM and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Friday.

GM is replacing Briglin’s Bolt. He’s getting the new car next week.

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