I live in South Florida and we just had one of our famous thunderstorms roll through. I have my car plugged into a weather resistant outlet specifically installed for me by my company by our engineering staff. The pipes/wires run underground, so they are very safe.
Needless to say lightening struck someplace near by causing a power flicker in our office. Our office has full backup generators, the works, because we have a data center on-site.
After my computer re-booted I checked my charging status of the car, it showed about 97% charged and not plugged in. Uh-oh!
I walked out to the car and noticed that the top two lights on the 120V charger were blinking red, the bottom 4 were solid green. Drats!
I unplugged the charger from the outlet and the car and plugged the charger back into the outlet.
It cycled through its normal start-up procedure with the lights going in order, except this time I heard one extra "click".
I plugged the other end of the charger into the car and a message displayed on the DIC of "Not able to charge". No orange dome or green dome light on the dash. Drats again!
I powered-up the car, then rinsed and repeated, still no dice.
I called OnStar and got ahold of a subscription sign-up specialist (not sure why they still think I'm new?). Anyways, I explained my issue to her and she said she would need to transfer me to an appropriate rep and politely put me on hold. I hung-up and contacted a Volt Advisor instead, no use waiting.
Jessica answered and I explained my situation. I swapped outlets per her request and had the same issue. She said that it indeed sounds like there is an issue with the charger. She said that she would call a few local dealers in my area to try an track down a temporary unit (probably a demo unit) and call me back.
Good thing I have almost a full charge and nearly a full tank of gas. I couldn't imagine the range anxiety at this point if the Volt did not have an onboard gas generator.
This was just about 15 minutes ago, I'll keep you all posted about what happens.