There may be a very unfortunate problem for some 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EVs and it’s only now being discovered.
So the story goes, according to The Truth About Cars, Bolt EVs specced in Premier trimmings with the Light Ash Gray interior motif are plagued by near-blinding dashboard reflections. The angle of the windshield—combined with the light gray dashboard color—reflects the light gray color back and creates significant glare on sunny days. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received two complaints surrounding the issue.
Furthermore, it’s a well-known issue now. Bolt EV owners have discussed the interior glare problem at length on forums and many have resorted to makeshift remedies to ensure a safe driving experience. A sample of how intense the glare can become may be seen below.
Owners have draped black cloths, matte decals and dashboard carpets to keep the glare to a minimum. One owner took matters into his or her own hands and had a dealership install a dark gray dashboard to the tune of $2,500. Bolt EVs outfitted with any other interior finish are not plagued by the issue.
GM has been contacted for comment but has not released a statement on the dashboard glare as of this writing.