Making it quick and easy to recharge a drained battery is paramount in the switch to all-electric vehicles. Unfortunately for one Chevy Bolt EV driver, their car was totaled after attempting to charge back up at an Electrify America station in Florida.
In a recent post to Chevy Bolt EV forum chevybolt.org, user Tippit83 states that they plugged their recently purchased 2017 Chevy Bolt EV into an Electrify America station in Chipley, Florida on January 22nd, 2023. The user states that, at the time, their vehicle was at a 28-percent charge level. However, about 15 minutes later, the charger “went completely black,” while the car read 4-percent battery charge and wouldn’t shift out of park.
Apparently, the charging station itself was sparking and smoking while the Chevy Bolt EV was plugged in. After attempting to plug into another nearby charger, the Chevy Bolt EV owner says their vehicle would not take a charge and was “completely bricked.” After talking to Electrify America, the Chevy Bolt EV owner was told to tow their vehicle to a Chevy dealer and send them an email on what the technicians had to say.
Later, in a follow-up post to Twitter, user Malicious Compliance (@Burn_This_App), who appears to be the same individual as Tippit83, states that the dealer came back with the news that the “car is completely fried” as a result of excess electricity from the Electrify America charger. The damages amount to $20,000, and the owner’s insurance has elected to total the vehicle.
BREAKING 🚨Dealer just said car is completely fried. @ElectrifyAm Charger sent so much power through car that it fried ever wire in my @chevrolet bolt battery and rendering over $20,000 in damages. https://t.co/AYjTlQcWHD
— Malicious Compliance (@Burn_This_App) January 31, 2023
For now, GM says it won’t cover the damages as the car is out of warranty, while Electrify America appears to be investigating the situation. At this point, it’s still unclear exactly what happened and who’s at fault, not to mention who will end up paying for the damages.
Nevertheless, the situation is similar to what happened to a Ford F-150 Lightning owner who recently had his vehicle bricked after plugging into an Electrify America station in Oregon, per coverage from our sister publication, Ford Authority.
We’ll keep an eye on this and provide an update with any new information as we get it. In the meantime, subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevy Bolt EV news, Chevy news, GM electric vehicle news, GM technology news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.