Chevy’s Bolt EV is the first affordable electric vehicle to hit the market so a few glitches here and there are to be expected. But one owner in Southern California claims that his Bolt turned itself on, shifted into reverse, and backed into his garage work bench.
The incident occurred whilst he was out of town in the family’s third vehicle, both keys were outside of the Bolt, it was turned off and put into park from the night before and nobody was around it when the crash happened.
At the time, his wife was the only one at home and there were no kids around. When his wife heard the crash she immediately rushed to the garage to take a look. What she found were locked doors, a dark dash, and when the Bolt was turned on the car was still in Park.
Some may wonder if the missus may have accidently backed into the work bench, but the owner stated that she’s in love with her own vehicle and had no interested in the Bolt.
Admittedly the Bolt was parked without engaging the electronic parking brake, as seen from this excerpt from GM Inside News:
GM has reached out to the owner and dispatched an engineer and representative to inspect the Bolt’s black box data.“I did not press the P (parking brake) button on the left side of the shifter.
I did this:
1. Hold the brake pedal down.
2. Press the button on top of the shift lever to shift into P (Park).
3. The P indicator on the shift lever turned red when the vehicle went into P (Park).
4. Turn the vehicle off.
5. Exited vehicle, and the vehicle’s horn sounded and the doors locked.”