@Telek Summary (Based on Interviews with principals):
There was a fire yesterday of a 2020 Bolt in California. @Telek spoke with the owner to get the details. The video was removed at the owner's request because it had personally identifiable information and not wanting to risk any part of his claim. To respect his wishes, please do not reshare it.
- Manufactured November 19th, 2020. Purchased January 9th, 2021. Car was less than 8 months old.
- Less than 6000 miles on the odometer.
- No damage, dings, or anything. Car was in perfect condition. Never had any problems. Absolutely loved the car.
- Car was frequently let run down to ~30% before plugging in.
- Car had charged from 9:00pm and completed at 3:04am.
- Car was in driveway all day still plugged in.
- Loud bang as smoke erupted out of the side of the car at 5:05pm - 911 was called very shortly thereafter.
- Fire visible from under the car 3 minutes later.
- 4 minutes after that the aluminum body panels were melting.
- FD was on site 10 minutes after the smoke erupted, but car was fully on fire by that point.
- Very clearly was a battery fire.
This is the second US battery to catch fire in under a month.
Telek has reached out to GM for comment, will update if/when they provide anything.
It is important to note that this is the first 2020 that we know of that caught fire, so the odds are still very low. However, in light of everything else, it's still very troubling.