Another Chevy Bolt Owner Sues GM Over Range Anxiety

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Scott McCracken
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Another owner is suing GM following their decision to cap the Bolt's battery capacity at 90%, even if that's a temporary fix to prevent fires. The automaker recalled the Chevy EVs last November after learning that the batteries can spark a flame as they are charging and nearing 100%. By temporarily capping them at 90%, GM can stop those fires while they search for a more permanent solution.

But a plaintiff in Michigan says Bolt owners need to contend with range anxiety and diminished resale value while they wait. Call me crazy, but a temporary restriction on range feels a lot more desirable than a permanently charred engine.

A Bit More

  • This class-action has company. It's the third (and likely not the last) filed against GM since last November.
  • Owners are particurily concerned about winter range anxiety, as EV batteries already struggle in cold temperatures and this problem only makes it worse.
  • Some plaintiffs suggest GM should have just replaced the battery. There's still a good chance that'll happen, but it doesn't do much good to replace the current one with the same defective variety.
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Related Problem

Chevrolet Bolt Fires

GM is asking 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt owners to temporarily limit their battery's charging capacity so the battery's defective cells won't spark a flame and make the EV extra crispy as it charges to 100%. A more permanent solution is expect

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