February 22, 2024

GM has introduced that it’ll pay $1,400 to house owners of 2020-2022 Bolt EVs and EUVs who endured a recall that restricted vary to 80 % for a major time period, Electrek has reported. It is successfully an upfront fee to clients as a part of an anticipated class motion settlement.

“GM is asserting a compensation program for 2020-22 Bolt EV/EUV house owners upon set up of the ultimate superior diagnostic software program as a part of the unique battery recall,” a spokesperson wrote in a press release. “House owners are eligible to obtain a $1,400 Visa eReward card upon set up. This is applicable to Bolt EV/EUV house owners within the US solely. We’re grateful to our clients for his or her persistence and understanding.”

House owners should set up a “software program closing treatment” by December 31, 2023 and signal a authorized launch — those that decline should look ahead to the category motion lawsuit to play out. If the settlement finally ends up being greater than $1,400, those that settle for the fee will nonetheless obtain the distinction.

It looks like Chevy’s Bolt EVs (and bigger EUVs that got here alongside in 2021) have by no means not had issues with their batteries. The 2017-2019 fashions had severe defects that would trigger fires, forcing GM to recall them and set up particular software program, decreasing most cost ranges to 90 %.

The 2020-2022 fashions affected by the lawsuit used new battery chemistry with a unique problem that would additionally trigger a hearth when the automobile was totally, or almost totally charged. GM issued a recall for these fashions as properly, putting in diagnostic software program that would scale back most charging ranges to 80 % (slicing vary from about 259 miles to 207 miles). The software program will finally both warn clients that their battery pack must be changed, or robotically return the utmost cost to 100%.

The issue is, the autos wanted to succeed in 6,200 miles of use earlier than the ultimate evaluation. That might be years for some consumers, and GM mandated that house owners full the diagnostic by March 2025 to be able to qualify for an prolonged guarantee or alternative battery, if wanted.

GM introduced earlier this 12 months that it was discontinuing the Bolt EV amid the corporate’s shift to the Ultium platform, presumably as a result of it felt the identify had been sullied by the battery points. Following an outcry, although, it backtracked and mentioned {that a} next-gen Bolt was within the works — displaying that folks nonetheless appreciated what the Bolt stood for (a sensible, low cost EV with first rate vary) regardless of the recollects.

Presumably, any potential settlement would cowl house owners who successfully misplaced the complete and anticipated use of their automobile through the interval. If you happen to’re a part of the recall, it is best to obtain a letter quickly with extra data and a novel PIN to entry their website — extra data is obtainable right here.

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