The battery cooling system in your Bolt has less than a gallon of antifreeze in it. That includes the external reservoir, pump, and hoses. Do you think that is enough coolant to have any effect on a fire?If the battery is on a unstoppable runaway heating trajectory before it starts to significantly heat up, then any amount of cooling isn't going to help. Do we know that for sure at this point?
I was imprecise in my post. The difference between inside and outside temperature is not important when the ignition temperature is so much higher. What matters is COOLING. Not degrees, but BTU/hour.And what would that few minutes buy you, if you didn't know it was going on?
Seems to work fine with engines that are designed with explosions in them. The amount of coolant isn't the point, the amount of COOLING is. The question is also not whether cooling can affect a fire (it can) but can it PREVENT a fire.The battery cooling system in your Bolt has less than a gallon of antifreeze in it. That includes the external reservoir, pump, and hoses. Do you think that is enough coolant to have any effect on a fire?
Hmmm. If your last statement were true, why would the lawyers even wait for the worst case scenario before going for the jugular? I mean, a dozen fires seem to be motivation enough, no?If I'm risk management for GM, and thinking about the (admittedly rare) potential to burn down an apartment or condo full of people, I would have a fleet of 18 wheelers with checkbooks driving from one Bolt owner address to the next, picking up every car I could get my hands on. If a worst case scenario happens, a lawyer can easily prove GM knew the problem was there. That's going to be a settlement check to remember.
Per study: "Cells failed to be ignited at an ambient temperature of 162°C, but succeed to reach ignition at an ambient temperature of 169°C". 169 C is 336 F. Hardly an ambient temperature you will see, unless you park on a volcano. Your battery won't be getting that hot on it's own unless the chemical reaction has already started and if that started at 50 F or 120 F it won't matter.And temperature has nothing to do with chemical reactions?
By the way, this study disagrees: Experimental Study of Self-heating Ignition of Lithium-Ion Batteries During Storage: Effect of the Number of Cells - Fire Technology
Parking garage fires are covered in the U.S. building code under NFPA 88A. A fairly recent article in NFPA Journal ( NFPA Journal - Protecting Parking Garages, Mar Apr 2019 ) covers the problem and is mostly focused on the increased flammability of cars due to the increase in plastic in car construction. The totally burned our parking garage in the article was started by a Range Rover. Fires have always been a problem in parking garages and the plan is to be able to put them out quickly rather than eliminate car fires, which isn't realistic.That is not possible. I could park at the end of the parking lot at the food store with no other cars next to me. When I am done shopping there may be a car on each side. - great example is costco.
The same could be true at a gaming event.
My prediction is nothing will happen until a BOLT parked in a parking garage, goes up in flames, sets the whole multi-level building on fire and many deaths occur due to smoke inhalation.
Then, NHTSA will force GM to pull the BOLTs off the road aka buyback or trade.
The fire department give the address, so if you want to do some sort of lookup (property records, etc.) to find an owner's name and phone number or social media account, you can try that.Anybody know how to reach this owner to find out more specifics? It is north of Atlanta.
I had a broken rear passenger window due to a break-in. The glass company said that they'd have to ship from the US and it would take over a week to arrive - but that wasn't acceptable to me because the Bolt is my daily driver. So I told the glass company to have it shipped overnight and I'd pay the extra cost. It was worth it for me.I currently have a broken passenger window ... It will take 7-10 days for the glass to get here...
this is what we all want to know, and whether he was following the Chevy advice. i'm sure one of the ev sites will reach out and find out.Who else would it be other than LG Chem?
I'm guessing you're wondering if it's the pack was made in Korea or the US, which I am too.
Watched a documentary of some sort. As long as they stick to the overall payout requirements, it's marketing to them.Can you back that up with any sort of documentation? My understanding is that the Casino is NOT allowed to interfere with when or how slot machines pay out.