Volt owners are getting another lesson in what it means to be on the cutting edge of auto mobility — many will need to take their cars in for a beefier extension cord.
General Motors has announced it is replacing the cord and charging device that lets owners charge the car from a 120-volt household outlet, according to a report by Reuters. GM spokesman Randal Fox told Reuters that the replacement for the charger that comes with the $40,000 car has a beefier cable and will “offer a more consistent charging experience,” though it won’t make it charge faster. The program covers all 2011 Volts and some 2012s. The 240-volt cords are not affected.
“It’s not a safety recall,” Fox said. “It’s more of a customer-satisfaction program.”
According to Consumer Reports, some Volt owners have complained that their 120-volt charger “overheats during use and have even documented online videos of melted 120-volt chargers.” CR said it has not had the problem in its testing of the car, which is on its “recommended” list.
As a result of reports of fires after crash test — though a federal investigation pronounced the car as safe as any other — GM has said it will upgrade for owners the collision protection for the battery pack and upgrade the cooling system.
GM will notify owners about replacing the charger in the next few weeks.