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Chevy Bolt EV Owners Live ‘Nightmare’ Awaiting Battery-Fire Fix

  • Recall of some 142,000 Bolts could hamstring GM’s EV strategy
  • Owners commiserate online, plot options to pressure automaker
Neil Wintle plugs in his Bolt EV in his garage in Gilbert, Arizona, on Aug. 31.
Neil Wintle plugs in his Bolt EV in his garage in Gilbert, Arizona, on Aug. 31.Photographer: Caitlin O’Hara/Bloomberg
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Since General Motor Co. recalled every Chevrolet Bolt it has built due to the risk of battery fires and warned owners not to park them in their garage, Neil Wintle has found charging his electric car to be “more than a little nerve-wracking.”

The director of a children’s nonprofit near Phoenix spent $2,000 in July to install a charger in his garage, which is just below his bedroom. Following GM’s precautions, he no longer charges his Bolt in his garage overnight and instead juices up on days he’s working from home.