Despite advances in battery tech and car safety, some electric cars are still prone to catching on fire. We were reminded of this last month when a Tesla Model S with nobody driving caught on fire after hitting a tree, killing both occupants who were reportedly in the back seat.
Last year, several Chevrolet Bolt EVs mysteriously caught fire, severely damaging the electric compact’s reputation. Nobody was killed, but there were two reports of injuries from smoke inhalation, leading to GM recalling more than 68,000 vehicles last year, including 50,900 in the US. Affected models include Chevrolet BoltEV cars built between July 26, 2016 and September 10, 2019. As a temporary fix, Chevrolet updated the software to limit the charging to 90%, but this didn’t work as another Bolt EV burned to the ground earlier this month after the update was installed.