The Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration (NHTSA) has launched a security probe in response to proprietor studies of fires in Chevrolet Bolt EV electrical vehicles.

Two owner-submitted studies—one every for a 2018 and 2019-model-year Bolt EV—allege that the vehicles caught hearth beneath the rear seat whereas parked and unattended, in response to an NHTSA document.

Extra analysis carried out by the company’s Workplace of Defects Investigation (ODI) discovered a 2017 Bolt EV with an identical burn sample within the rear-seat space, in response to the doc.

In all three circumstances, hearth harm gave the impression to be concentrated in a battery-pack compartment, with hearth penetration into the passenger compartment from beneath the rear seat, in response to the findings of the federal government workplace. Smoke-inhalation accidents have been reported in a single case.

The foundation reason behind the fires is unknown, and the ODI is opening a “preliminary analysis” into the matter.

Different electrical vehicles have additionally been investigated not too long ago over alleged fires.

Final 12 months, the NHTSA asked Tesla about its battery-management software program after reported fires within the Mannequin S and Mannequin X.

There have additionally been plenty of incidences referring to Hyundai Kona Electric charging—leading to a not too long ago introduced recall that hasn’t but been detailed for North America.

Stories of Bolt EV fires observe a well-recognized sample. Most reported EV fires happen when the car is parked and unattended—and during charging.

In the meantime, Chevy has many upgrades on the way in which for the 2022 mannequin 12 months, together with styling adjustments, new entrance seats, and a brand new sensor array to help extra subtle driver aids. A Bolt EUV crossover variant will observe a refreshed model of the usual Bolt EV to showrooms—however will not get all-wheel drive.