One Major Reason We Won’t Miss the 2023 Chevy Bolt: Its Low Reliability Scores
Chevrolet is killing the Bolt electric car. While it never set our hearts on fire, the Bolt has blazed a trail an inexpensive, practical, little hatchback with good range. With a base price of just $26,500, it’s also the cheapest electric car you can buy.
But, the cheapest electric car comes with the worst reliability score, and that likely contributed to the car’s demise.
The Chevy Bolt reliability scores are the worst of any electric car
According to Kelley Blue Book, the Bolt earned a reliability score of just 17 out of 100 ono Consumer Reports latest list of the 10 least reliable cars. It beat the Nissan Sentra and Hyundai Kona Electric cars, however. That reliability score was dinged, heavily, by a huge recall in December of 2022. GM Recalled 140,000 Bolts and larger Bolt EUVs over a risk of catching fire. This was after a massive recall of the same cars in 2020 for battery fires.
The 2021 recall was so bad, Chevy was forced to halt production of Bolts for several months. The 2023 Chevy Bolt, however, earned a score of 8.0 of 10 at Edmunds where it earned praise for its spacious interior and value.
Why is the Bolt discontinued?
This week General Motors CEO Mary Barra said in an earning call that the company will end production of the Bolt by the end of the year. GM is ramping up production on two trucks, the GMC Sierra EV and the Chevy Silverado EV, and it simply needs the production capacity to make those to electric trucks. Barra said the plant that makes the trucks in Orion, Michigan, will soon be able to produce 600,000 trucks annually. The decision to axe the Bolt could also be because of those recalls and warnings not to drive the Bolt: it earned a reputation as a kind of lemon.
Regardless, it did sell well and saw a boost in sales after a price drop.
The 2023 Chevy Bolt comes in two flavors: Bolt and Bolt EUV
The Bolt debuted in 2016 and quickly became popular because of its 200-horsepower motor and 259-mile range. It also has fast-charge capability and plenty of interior space. Speaking of the interior, while the car is the cheapest EV you can buy, it doesn’t feel like inside and it has an interior befitting a car of its price range. The 2023 Bolt EUV is a slightly larger version of the same car that has more SUV-like proportions than the Bolt, which is styled like a commuter hatchback.
What is new for 2023 in the Bolt?
The 2023 Chevy Bolt and Bolt EUV saw a $5,900 price drop compared to the 2022 Bolt EUV and Bolt. General Motors exhausted its $7,500 federal tax credits for the cars so it dropped the price to stay competitive. For 2023, the car did get a slight interior redesign that focused on comfort with new seats. Also, GM ditched the funky shifter in favor of some switches on the console. The basic car, though, remains the same for 2023, and this is your last chance to grab one. It seems like, in grand GM tradition, just as the company gets the chevy bolt reliability and the rest of the car right, it kills it.