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I often get a small electric shock when I am getting out of my 2019 Bolt. The car is stored in the driveway, subject to Oregon's rain and sun and massive pollen fallout. But why is this happening?
 

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I had this problem with a prior EV that had cloth seats. Just spray the seats with "static guard" and it will dissipate the static. Works for several months then you have to re-apply.
 
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Yeah, it's just static electricity. I've had this happen to me on the odd occasion in very low humidity with pretty much every car I've owned going back more than 40 years.
 

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Mine was so bad at times, I could draw a 1/2" arc after moving around on the seat and exiting the vehicle. Truly a real "Electric Vehicle"...... (Not a good incentive for non EV'ers though...)
 

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Static electricity. It's happened to me over the years, especially in the winter. Doesn't matter if it's an ICE or EV. I've see people grab their coat sleeve and put it over their hand when exiting to prevent grounding (sparking) to the car.
 

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I've noticed this as well in my first few weeks with the car. Its my only car with cloth interior so I'm guessing its mostly that. None of the other cars do this. Oh well.
 

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Do you have the cloth seats? They would be more likely to generate static electricity. Also depends on the material of your clothes.
Tribo- charging caused by friction or separation of you clothes or seats when exiting. Fact of physics. Oregon where i am as well is no stranger to static charges even when it raining. 🤗
 

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It could be an area of effect. Do you live next to high power lines? I had a particular mountain bike in AZ and rode the paths under those but had to stop because it was like being electrocuted.
 

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It could be an area of effect. Do you live next to high power lines? I had a particular mountain bike in AZ and rode the paths under those but had to stop because it was like being electrocuted.
I'm having trouble believing it had anything to do with the transmission lines...
 

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This is absolutely nothing to worry about. It is simply Static and is quite common on ALL cars.
 

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I often get a small electric shock when I am getting out of my 2019 Bolt. The car is stored in the driveway, subject to Oregon's rain and sun and massive pollen fallout. But why is this happening?
That is amazing. Bike frame must have had the right impedance or Q to inductively couple the power-line energy to your bike. Wowza!
 
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