Chalk this up to unforeseen issues upon owning a Chevrolet Volt. Cars.com has penned a brief piece on a strange issue surrounding the extended-range, plug-in vehicle; critters love to call the car home.
Even worse, they like to snack on some essential components. The report tells of personal and fleet Chevrolet Volts experiencing the same issues. Specifically, in 2011, rats decided to make a home in the wiring harness and munch down on components, costing $600 in repairs not covered under warranty.
Additionally, in personal usage, the same incident occurred in 2013 when a Volt began throwing error codes and refused to charge. After dealer inspection, two rodents nests were found, and the wiring harness had once again become a meal. In 2015, another problem, after a Volt was stranded on the side of the highway
The report goes on to state the Volt’s electric nature may create an inviting home for critters. While the Volt’s battery takes three to eight hours to charge, the warmth given off by the liquid thermal management system creates a very homely environment for small animals. In a gasoline powered car, the vehicle is cool normally within an hour, making it far less appropriate.
Cars.com reached out for comment on the matter, and Chevrolet responded stating warranty data showed no other complaints and fixes to chewed up wiring harnesses.
“Volt’s battery is heavily insulated to maintain optimal temperature and prevent cold soak,” said Michelle Malcho of Chevrolet’s communications team. “This would ensure that there is very little radiant heat coming off the pack. Most likely, the heat is from the engine, which is nothing different than a conventional vehicle.”
Coincidental? Possibly. Tell us, do you have a similar story? We’re curious to hear.