Yesterday, we reported on an issue that has plagued 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV drivers. The issue stems from the angle of the windshield and a particular interior color motif that causes near-blinding dashboard reflections. Our initial report provided one sample photo, but an owner has reached out to give us a better idea of just how serious the issue is.
Photos from an owner depict exactly how the Light Ash Gray interior color—finished on the dashboard and throughout the cabin—reflect onto the inside of the windshield. There’s no hiding it: the sun glare absolutely obscures the driver’s view out of the cockpit.
Our tipster—who identified himself as one of the two owners that has filed a complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration—states many other Bolt EV owners he has conversed with have tried various remedies such as polarized glasses, but he emphasizes the windshield glare is absolutely blinding at times. Other owners have resorted to dash carpets, vinyl and dark-colored cloths to help reduce the sun glare.
Compared to the darker interior color that is optional on the Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier, there’s simply no comparison to how badly the dashboard reflects. One owner has reportedly had their Light Ash Gray dashboard replaced by their local dealer for $2,500 at their own expense.
We’ve reached out to Chevrolet for comment on this matter and will update this report should we receive a response. The photos pictured here speak for themselves, however.
Hat tip: Steve