But, one owner has made a very intriguing claim, and General Motors is taking it seriously. This owner of a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has claimed the vehicle turned itself on and proceeded to crash into the owner’s garage all while the owner was 40 miles away.
The Truth About Cars first reported the incident, in which the owner states no children are in his household and his wife was inside when she first heard the loud crash. It was then discovered the 2017 Bolt EV had apparently moved on its own accord and crashed.
Foremost, the owner admits he did not use the electronic parking brake the 2017 Bolt EV is equipped with but gave a detailed account on how he left the vehicle:
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.
From how it sounds, it truly seems the owner is bewildered by what happened, rather than seeking out attention for the sake of it. His wife also added the doors were still locked and the car’s dash was dark upon inspecting the vehicle following the crash. It’s also worth noting this is Chevrolet’s first application of the Electronic Precision Shift system also found in Cadillacs and Buicks.
Fred Ligouri, Chevrolet spokesperson, confirmed GM had been in contact with the owner and the Bolt EV will receive a thorough inspection to understand what actually happened in this situation.