A lawsuit filed by a South Dakota man in state court alleges his 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV’s range dipped by as much as 100 miles in the midwestern state’s cold winter months.
The plaintiff’s legal team is seeking class-action status in South Dakota court to go after General Motors on behalf of those who bought Bolts in North and South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and Montana, according to the Des Moines Register.
The lawsuit accuses GM of fraudulent misrepresentation and selling a vehicle with manufacturing and design defects, among other things. GM says the Chevrolet Bolt EV has a range of 238 miles, but the filing claims the range can dip by up to 100 miles in extremely cold temperatures.
GM is seeking to have the lawsuit thrown out, as the vehicle was not sold to plaintiff by GM itself. The 2017 model year vehicle was purchased from Billion Auto in Iowa City, Iowa.
The automaker also says the official literature for the vehicle “repeatedly discloses that the vehicle’s ‘actual range may vary based on several factors including temperature, terrain and driving conditions.’”
“For example, on the Chevy Bolt’s website, the language appears as a disclaimer that appears when a visitor clicks on any reference to charge or vehicle range,” the automaker’s motion to dismiss the suit said.
A ruling on GM’s motion to have the lawsuit thrown out is currently pending.
A study from AAA conducted this year found that in 20-degree Fahrenheit temperatures, electric vehicles could lose as much as 41 percent of their estimated range. This seems to vary from car to car, however, with some Bolt owners reporting large dips in range in winter months and others reporting a less dramatic effect.
Source: Des Moines Register