GM Offering Payments for Bolt Owners Willing to Use Battery Diagnostic Software

Chris Teague
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gm offering payments for bolt owners willing to use battery diagnostic software

It’s important to have recall work done without delay if you can help it. The fixes are free, and in some cases, the work is necessary to keep you and others on the road safe. Chevrolet conducted one of the most significant recalls in recent times with the Bolt and Bolt EUV. Though it’s been a while since the initial recall action, we’re still hearing news on the situation, with the latest being that GM is offering payments to owners for using related diagnostic software.

The automaker is offering a $1,400 Visa gift card to Bolt and Bolt EUV owners in the United States to incentivize using its diagnostic software. Earlier this year, GM announced that it would halt its battery replacement efforts in the 2020-2022 EVs and said that it would instead rely on diagnostic tools to monitor battery condition and monitor for a need to replace. The software monitors the battery for 6,200 miles while limiting capacity to 80 percent.

GM has already replaced batteries in several model years, and some owners found a slight boost in range with the new components. The automaker announced that it would discontinue the Bolt at the end of 2023 but later backtracked with a statement that the vehicle would return with new Ultium battery technology.

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  • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on Oct 30, 2023

    This sounds like something Hyundai/Kia would do.

  • CoastieLenn CoastieLenn on Oct 30, 2023

    At least GM is offering to pay owners to use this software that could benefit their vehicles. Tesla would charge the owner the $1400 and call it a beta test. Stans would clammer to be first in line.

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    • Jalop1991 Jalop1991 on Oct 30, 2023

      SCE: you assume replacement is still on the table.

      Coastie: how about they simply replace ALL the batteries AND use this magical software on EVERY FREAKING EV THEY SELL from here on out if the software is so good and useful.

      Why is this stupid offer on the table in any way in the first place?

  • Tassos Tassos on Oct 30, 2023

    Just did a check on, there are 2,770 Bolts for sale in all US and the lowest priced copies are a 2019 with 61kmiles for $12,500 and a 2017 with 43k, both with excellent batteries, both the "EV LT" variant, whatever the hell what (if anything) the "LT" means. And DUH, of course "LT" is a trim level, but what does it MEAN?

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    • MaintenanceCosts MaintenanceCosts on Oct 30, 2023

      2017-2021: LT is the base trim, Premier is the uplevel. Premier gets you the full suite of active safety features, a panoramic-view camera, leather upholstery, rear seat heaters, better-looking wheels, and unlocks available Bose stereo and faster-charging options (both of which my car has).

      2022-23: They are all LTs now, divided into LT1 (which is just like the old LT, except with all the active safety features) and LT2 (which is just like the old Premier, except that the Bose stereo is gone). To get a Premier you have to step up to the Bolt EUV.

  • Analoggrotto Analoggrotto on Oct 31, 2023

    This is pathetic, stupid and very much not a good look. Even for GM who is somehow the expert at these things. What do they pay management to do over there?