GM and Kia are not the only automakers dealing with big battery problems.
GM recalled all of its Chevrolet Bolt EVs but many are still in the dark as to when something will be done.
Many Hyundai Kona EV owners were or are without their EV for months.
The Chevrolet Bolt and Hyundai Kona EVs are both extremely interesting vehicles. Unfortunately, they and many other EVs are and have suffered numerous battery-related issues. Last year, GM recalled more than 128,000 Bolts and paused production because of potential battery fires.
That was back in August of 2021. Since, GM’s made a number of recommendations as to what to do and what not to do when it comes to recharging the Bolt. What they’ve not done, according to this Radio-Canada story, is give Bolt owners a clear timeline indicating when their cars will be fixed. To an extent, the global parts shortage and supply issues are complicating matters, but this is of little consolation to Bolt drivers.
Perhaps more frustratingly is that GM’s not providing its customers with compensation for their troubles (reduced range, parking outdoors). GM says that they are offsetting owners by paying for unused parking spots and offering loaners when need be. In reality, according to the Automobile Protection Association (APA), this is not the case.
Over at Hyundai, some owners are facing similar battery and electric powertrain problems. One such owner took delivery of his 2021 Kona EV at the end of last summer only to experience complete drivetrain and battery failure after 500km of ownership. He was provided with a Hyundai Venue as a loaner for the duration of the repair however he was still paying for the Kona.
Electric vehicles are evolving at break-neck speeds and should improve overall within a few years. If anything and this typically applies to all-new ICE vehicles (depending on the automaker), it’s always best to wait roughly a model year (perhaps two model years for EVs) before taking delivery.