(Republican Party News) – The Biden regime is forcing the US to switch over to electric vehicles way before the US is ready to handle such a switch. Our energy infrastructure is nowhere near prepared for Americans to make such a switch and, as it turns out, neither is the electric vehicle industry.
Chevy is now offering rebates to customers who have purchased their all-electric Chevy Bolt. The rebate is being offered after Chevy dropped the price for the new 2023 model but there’s a catch.
In order to claim the rebate, Bolt owners must “forever waive and release” any right to sue General Motors or LG over issues regarding the Bolt’s battery, according to Engadget.
Now why on earth would the company need to do that? Well, since 2017, the Bolt has had nothing but issues with battery fires. GM even recalled the Bolt in 2020 after there were multiple reports of batteries catching fire between 2017 and 2019.
General Motors has been working on the problem for years but just can’t seem to get a handle on it. In April 2021, they issued a software update but two more fires were reported after that.
In July 2021, a Vermont state lawmaker was charging his Chevy Bolt at his home when the battery caught on fire, according to a CNBC report.
As a result of the two fires that took place after the software update, GM issued an alarming warning to owners of Bolts manufactured between 2017-2019.
“General Motors has been notified of two recent Chevrolet Bolt EV fire incidents in vehicles that were remedied as part of the safety recall announced in November 2020,” GM said in a statement, according to CNBC.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we are asking owners of 2017-2019 Chevrolet Bolt EVs who were part of the recall population to park their vehicles outdoors immediately after charging and not leave their vehicles charging overnight while we investigate these incidents.”
At the time, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the vehicles could lead to structure fires if they were left in a garage or near a house since the battery fires could spread to the rest of the vehicle.
In July 2021, GM issued another recall and replaced the battery packs.
“The brand eventually recalled all manufactured Bolts, pledged an additional $1 billion for battery replacements and offered an eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty on substitute batteries,” Engadget reported.
Nonetheless, the ordeal has resulted in Chevy being forced to cut prices. In June 2022, Chevy announced the 2023 Bolt EV would start at just $26,595 which was $5,900 less than the 2022 starting price.
Additionally, the Bolt EUV, the SUV version of the electric vehicle, started at $28,195. This was a decrease of $6,300 from the previous year’s models.
This prompted Chevy to offer rebates to customers who bought 2020, 2021 and 2022 models this year before the announcement to drop prices on the 2023 models was made.
However, as previously mentioned, the rebates are contingent upon customers waiving their right to sue Chevy should their battery catch on fire.
GM offers Chevy Bolt EV owners $6,000 if they promise not to sue over battery fire recall fiasco https://t.co/UdaHJ6Cb26 by @fredericlambert #Bjmt
— IdealMagnetSolutions (@idealmagn3t) August 3, 2022
Many on social media found the rebate with strings attached to be shameful on Chevy’s part.
“That is disgusting,” one user wrote. “Also from the same strategy bin: ‘we pay you to not sue us over faulty ignitions when you crash.’”
That is disgusting. Also from the same strategy bin: "we pay you to not sue us over faulty ignitions when you crash"
— Martin Galway (@martin_galway) August 2, 2022
Another user said the rebates amounted to “hush money.”
Hush money 💰
— Kay Elle (@KenLy8) August 2, 2022
In any case, this hardly makes buying an electric car an appealing option for Americans.
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