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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?

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Can't imagine that anything happened to the battery. If it did, it should be acting in a weird way soon (mysterious loss of range in the next few weeks). All 2017's had a recall to reprogram the propulsion module to prevent sudden loss of propulsion if a cell was going bad.

The smell is mysterious indeed. Wonder if it is a Freon or antifreeze leak from the cooling loop. With temps and full charge the Bolt would have done a battery conditioning cycle at the end of the charge. May want to monitor coolant level and watch to see if the air conditioning starts acting up. Possible that you've never experienced getting into the car immediately after the car conditioned the battery. But it shouldn't smell funny after doing that. My car took almost 30 minutes the other day to condition and level the cells at the end of a charge.
 

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Frankly, I would be amazed if you had an out-gassing cell. That would mean that GM has completely failed in the design of their battery management system. This is the kind of problem you would expect to see in cheap Chinese electric skateboards, not an OEM car. The original software in the Bolt had the car shutting down on the highway, if any cell got within a country mile of fully discharged. The new software starts warning you even sooner. I don't believe GM will let any cell discharge lower than 3.20 volts, which is at least a volt above where you could experience out-gassing.
 

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It could be there was a chemical used in the area when the car was being charged, then the cars ventilation system sucked it in.

My mowers carburetor float stuck just last week making my garage smell of raw gas, when I got in the car I could smell it(windows were up)

Later that day after the car sat in the sun a good part of the day, I could still smell gas.

I think the smells were absorbed in the material inside the car, that was why I could smell gas the next day

I decided to leave open the hatch while it was parked all night in my garage, the smell was gone, the next morning.
 

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I hope it was a smell in the area I charged, that will clear. That would be the least scary option, for sure.

Glad to hear you all don’t think the battery is leaking. That’s good to hear.

I can’t pinpoint the chemical smell, but it doesn’t smell sweet or pear like. It doesn’t smell exactly like acetone, but that’s more the neighborhood of what it smells like
 

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I don’t know what ozone smells like. This sounds more likely than electrical to me, though, based on what it doesn’t smell like. How would I know if it is Ozone?

I know electrical smells from home appliances or home wiring that have had problems. Not sure I know it as distinct to a car. It didn’t smell like burning or like home electrical burning, to me, if that helps.
 

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I don’t know what ozone smells like. This sounds more likely than electrical to me, though, based on what it doesn’t smell like. How would I know if it is Ozone?

I know electrical smells from home appliances or home wiring that have had problems. Not sure I know it as distinct to a car. It didn’t smell like burning or like home electrical burning, to me, if that helps.
if you've ever sniffed an electric drill motor as the brushes arc, then you'll get an idea how it smells. Or if you've ever noticed "it smells like rain" then you might be smelling ozone from lightning. Although a quick google search doesn't list headache as a symptom.
 

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if you've ever sniffed an electric drill motor as the brushes arc, then you'll get an idea how it smells. Or if you've ever noticed "it smells like rain" then you might be smelling ozone from lightning. Although a quick google search doesn't list headache as a symptom.

The "smells like rain" phenomenon is also the odor of wet ground, wafting to the areas down wind, just before the actual rain gets there.
 

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I don’t know what ozone smells like. This sounds more likely than electrical to me, though, based on what it doesn’t smell like. How would I know if it is Ozone?
Photocopiers and laser printers will also give off a bit of ozone so you're more likely to smell the ozone in a copy room where they've been running for a while.
 

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All good information I can use in the future, with identifying these various types of smells.

Luckily the smell cleared up after a few days.

Maybe the person who suggested there was a smell near where I charged, that heavily took over temporarily, was correct.
 

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Hey. I heard a similar story from a friend of mine. He had a Toyota hybrid car and after charging it always had a terrible smell in the cabin and couldn't get rid of it. He soon developed serious health problems due to chemical particles in his respiratory tract. He had difficulty breathing and I advised him to try a quick хеалтн test. He purchased them from an online store and began using them only after consulting a doctor. Soon, tests helped him identify the presence of heavy metals in the body and he began treatment. So quick tests are very handy.
 

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Chemical poisoning is a really bad thing. No matter how a person gets it, it is possible that it can cause many dangerous diseases. My uncle tuck got a very serious illness and I was forced to look inpatient hospice near me for him https://myallamericanhospice.com/inpatient-hospice/ I was lucky to find a very good institution where they take care of other people in serious conditions and can provide them with comprehensive care.
 

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Hey. I heard a similar story from a friend of mine. He had a Toyota hybrid car and after charging it always had a terrible smell in the cabin and couldn't get rid of it. He soon developed serious health problems due to chemical particles in his respiratory tract. He had difficulty breathing and I advised him to try a quick хеалтн test. He purchased them from an online store and began using them only after consulting a doctor. Soon, tests helped him identify the presence of heavy metals in the body and he began treatment. So quick tests are very handy.
What do you mean by Toyota Hybrid?!? Toyota Prius is always charging/discharging.
 
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