General Motors is prioritising older models when replacing batteries
As of now, 26,952 units of the first-generation Bolt have a new battery
The cars with a new battery have up to 13.5% more range than before.
As of now, the automaker has replaced 26,952 batteries in 2017 to 2019 model year Bolts, which accounts for 62% of all of the units made.
Since only 701 battery replacements have occurred on 2021 and 2022 model year vehicles, this shows that General Motors is prioritising the older models in its application of the recall.
Eventually, every Chevrolet Bolt on the road is set to have its battery replaced since the defects highlighted by the recall could be present in all of the battery packs installed from the factory in the 140,000 units of the Bolt that have been sold to this day.
The automaker resumed the production of the Bolt EV and EUV recently after the assembly line had been idled for many months before the problem was identified and a solution was determined. Of course, the new models are already fitted with the revised battery.
In addition to making the car safer, the new battery could increase the range. Indeed, many owners of the recalled units have claimed to benefit from a longer range, up by 13.5% in some cases.
Obviously, a recall of this scope is always expensive for automakers and in this case, the part to be replaced is the most expensive single component in the vehicle. Fortunately for General Motors, it managed to make LG Chem foot most of the bill. Out of the estimated $2 billion total cost, the company that supplied the faulty batteries will pay $1.9 billion. LG Chem is also currently under investigation by the NHTSA due to multiple reports of fires in electric vehicles from many different automakers equipped with an LG made battery.