Chemical smell after charging
Hi- I’ve had my 2017 Bolt for 2 years. As far as I know it wasn’t part of the recall. Anyway, I’ve never had any weird smells after charging, in 2 years.
Tonight, however, I took it off a public, level 2 charger, after it fully charged, and the inside of my car reeked like chemicals. It gave me a major headache that still hasn’t gone away, and made my lungs feel irritated.The only thing I did differently, this time, that I’ve never done before, was let it get scary low on charge, before charging. In 2 years of having this car, I’ve never let it get below 20 miles left, minimum, before charging. Usually I charge when it has WAY more than that, left.
This time, I was in a real scrape, and only made it to a charger by the skin of my teeth. It was flashing orange and “low” with no estimated miles anymore, and saying “reduced propulsion.” I did get to a charger before it stalled. I plugged it in and waited with it for the first 20 miles of charge, until it came out of the orange zone. I then left and did other things for hours, and came back when the chargepoint app notified me that it was done (this was in a place with many chargers, at this location. Not keeping others from charging.)
Anyway, I didn’t notice a weird smell while it was so low, and I was driving to the charger, and I didn’t notice a weird smell while I sat with my car during the first 20 miles of charge. It was only in coming back to my car, hours later, at full charge, that I noticed the smell. It was also in the 90s where I live, today, but I’ve charged in high heat temps in the past, and no smells ever happened.
I’m afraid the letting it get so low, damaged the battery somehow. Could it be leaking? If not, what else could cause this smell? No indicator warnings are on for the car, all battery monitoring appears normal.
Any info on what might be wrong?