General Motors will be replacing the 120-volt charging cords that come with the Chevrolet Volt after one utility company had their cord melt during charging. There have been other anecdotal reports of malfunctioning cords being replaced by General Motors at fan sites like GM-Volt.com
GM initially blamed wiring problems in the electrical outlets, but the company has announced that they will replace all the 120V chargers in all 2011 and some 2012 models, with a new unit. About 9,500 charging units will have to be replaced. A GM spokesman said that the chargers are being replaced to “offer a more consistent charging experience.” We presume that will allow owners to avoid the melted-G.I Joe-esque charging plugs as shown in the photo above.
The new design features a revised plug and a thicker cord for the 120V outlet side of the unit. Photos of melted and damaged cords have appeared on the internet since the first problems emerged late in 2011. While the 120V charger is not meant to be a primary charger, it is often used by owners to top up their car’s battery when a proper charging station is not available.
Worse than burns are inconsiderate jackasses unplugging your 120V charging cord while the vehicle is charging, and leaving the also-charging electric scooters untouched. Ask me how I know.