First, GM was going to test the batteries in pre-2019 models and replace defective battery cells. Then they decided to replace them all. And now, 2019 and newer Bolts have been added to the list, also to get a full replacement whether they need it or not. That’s all of them. Every. Single. One.
It’s not a good look, is it? Fires in Chevy Bolts due to spontaneously combusting batteries evokes memories of the Pontiac Fiero and its infamous fires. In this case, though, it’s because of defective battery cells, which could apparently all go up in smoke at any time. This one isn’t even Chevy’s fault, but supplier LG Chem, who of course Chevy wants compensation from, according to The Drive.
The Bolt was the early go-to affordable fully-electric car after customers learned the affordable versions of the Tesla Model 3 wouldn’t even be built for a year or two after its introduction. Chevy scored a big win there. That’s all been undone, and then some, because, as the Hydraulic Press Channel would say, “It is extremely dangerous and may attack at any time, so we have to deal with it.”
Top tip: Don’t use a hydraulic press to dispose of your old batteries.