Chevy Bolt Accused of Going Rogue, But the Story is Questionable
Did the Bolt EV Smash itself or is is the owner just disgruntled?by Robert Moore, on
With the introduction of autonomous technology, the concept of cars going rogue is a real fear for some. Tesla, for instance, has felt the backlash of a few complaints that its Model S did the unthinkable, only to prove otherwise in most cases. But, this is the first time we’re hearing about the Chevy Bolt EV doing anything out of the ordinary. According to on Bolt EV owner, his Bolt managed to shift itself out of park and smash into a shelving unit behind it, ultimately causing some kind of damage. Apparently, he was out of town (with proof,) and his wife says she didn’t do it. The owner, who goes by socalif on gm-volt.com, posted the story just a few days ago. Here’s what he said:
“Here is a strange one, but seriously happened. I was out of town (the only driver of the Bolt) I get a call saying there was a crash in the garage. BOTH keys were out of the vehicle, car self-locked and shut down in park from the previous night. Wife heard a crash, goes to the garage and sees that the car backed up and ran into a work bench pushing in a wall. Granted, hard to believe, but both keys out of the car, she was in the house (no other drivers here), I was 40 miles away, and somehow the car moved???? Insurance called, dealership notified, GM messaged.”
Other forum members have mixed opinions on the story, with some thinking that it’s possible and others saying it’s a lie. Some hold firm that the wife is at fault. Either way, after messaging GM directly, the owner says they have contacted him and want to set up a time to inspect the vehicle and what happened. Surely, GM will get to the bottom of it, so we’ll get the full story eventually. There is a good reason that some members are skeptical of the story, however, so keep reading to find out.
Skepticism Runs Wild
As I mentioned before, there are quite a few forum members that have tried to call B.S. on the whole story, with some saying it was the wife’s fault, while others think the owner did it before leaving by accident and didn’t want to take responsibility for it. But, all that will come to light soon enough as the Bolt EV probably has a data recorder that will tell GM investigators exactly what happened. One thing that has really raised skepticism of the whole story is the fact that the wife was home alone, while the owner claims he had both key fobs with him, the latter of which just seems weird as most people don’t carry two fobs for the same car at once. But, what has really tipped people off is that the owner has allegedly went on a crazy rant back in December of 2016 over the fact that he didn’t get the Bolt in time for his 2016 tax credit and that it didn’t have everything he wanted at the time of purchase.
As for me, I really don’t care, but it does seem a little odd that the Bolt would power up and shift into gear all on its own with the key fobs miles away. But, weirder things have happened, so I’m not ready to say the owner is full of it yet. However, should this story be inaccurate, he might find himself in extremely hot water as insurance fraud isn’t exactly smiled upon. I am curious and withholding judgment until GM comes forward with what they find.
Whatt do you think? Is this a weird situation where the Bolt went rogue, or is the owner suffering from Tesla syndrome and trying to pass off the responsibility for the damage on the manufacturer? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
|Type||Rechargeable energy storage system comprising multiple linked modules|
|Mass (lb / kg)||960 / 435|
|Type||Single motor and gearset|
|Motor||Permanent magnetic drive motor|
|Power||200 hp HP|
|Final drive ratio (:1)||7.05:1|
|120 V||Available with standard cordset|
|240 V||Full charge in 9 hours|
|SAE Combo DC Fast Charge||90 miles in 30 minutes|
Read our full review on the Chevrolet Bolt here.