Monday, September 27, 2021
News GM is About to Spend $800 Million Fixing Chevrolet Bolt EVs

GM is About to Spend $800 Million Fixing Chevrolet Bolt EVs

Software updates and some repairs were insufficient to curb battery fires in 2017-19 Chevrolet Bolt EVs


  • Nearly 70,000 Bolts have been recalled for battery issues.

  • The cost-per-vehicle is estimated at $11,650.

  • Hyundai will face a similar bill as it too will replace batteries in 82,000 of its EVs.


The recalls involving nearly 70,000 Chevrolet Bolt EVs began last November following a number of battery malfunction failures. These fires occurred while the vehicles were off. Fixes were brought to the vehicles however and a second recall was subsequently issued. And now, it looks like GM will have to replace the faulty batteries.

This latest recall will be a costly one. In fact, it will become one of the most expensive in history on a per-vehicle basis. At about $11,650 per Bolt, the total cost for fixing or replacing the batteries will reach $800 million.

Chevrolet Bolt Recalled for a Second Time Following Repairs

According to Mike Held, director of the automotive and industrial practice at consulting firm AlixPartners: “Battery safety and durability will be increasingly important if auto companies want to avoid some of the large battery-recall costs that have befallen the consumer electronics industry,”

To Held’s point, as shared by CNN Business, Hyundai is also facing an identical situation with its series of electric vehicles. They too are facing a recall situation that will see them spend $874 million to replace batteries in 82,000 EVs.

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Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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