GoldenZephyr wrote:Even if my car behaved as described in the owner's manual, which it does not, that would be unsafe. How is it helpful for the car to power down when low on battery charge? Does that increase the driver's chances of safely reaching a charging station? I could understand the car automatically turning off the heater, for example, but reducing accelerator pedal response is always a bad idea, and will inevitably lead to traffic accidents. Most drivers follow the vehicles in front of them too closely, and unexpected slowing and stopping leads to rear-end collisions.
This power reduction is common for an EV, but not without several warnings and certainly not with 15mi left. The idea is that, if you reduce to golf cart speeds, you can get another mile or two more than driving normally. Tesla cars, like the Mercedes B-Class have a reserve button that you push which will get you another 3-5mi of normal driving, but if you don't push it, you get the 20mi max speed like the other EVs. Is it dangerous? Well hate to say it but when you run out of gas in an ICE you don't get an extra mile at 20mi/hr. You stop, pretty much as you did if not worse. In this instance you suffered the same condition as a broken fuel gauge in an ICE: you ran out of gas when the gauge said there was a gallon left in the tank. Not cool in any car regardless of whether it's an ICE or an EV
and "glitch" is too mild a word for sure. .
Since others have not experienced what you have and it is not what is documented in the manual, it is a straight up bug triggered by some state that your Bolt got into. Hopefully your dealer can check the diagnostics on the CANBus for information as to what that condition was, how your Bolt got to that state, and report the bug to the folks at Chevy.
In the meantime I would definitely follow the link supplied by DNAinaGoodWay because, as you say, this is a definite hazard
which will cause an accident some time soon (especially if it is common in cold weather). You had no warning that you were going to lose power and that is not acceptable.
Whether it gets fixed is another story, especially given the dismantling of "excessive regulation" that our current government is performing on a wholesale basis. I am certainly going to make sure I have "plenty left in my tank" from now on.