Chevrolet Bolt recall: Battery Might Die Suddenly, GM Warns Some Owners

Chevrolet Bolt recallA few hundred owners of the Chevrolet Bolt have been asked by the automaker to have their battery checked. The company warns that the Chevrolet Bolt battery might unexpectedly run out.

Chevrolet Bolt recall-

General Motors is warning some owners of the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV that their electric car may suddenly lose power because of faulty battery cells—the first known battery glitch for the automaker’s well-received all-electric car.

If you own a Bolt, feel free to contact our Service Department at  between the hours of 7-7 daily or 8-4 on Saturdays at 630-898-9630 or drop by.  We will be happy to check and see if your Bolt is affected.

Or, you can always visit us online to schedule an appointment.

“Due to a battery low-voltage condition, the car may incorrectly report remaining range at low states of charge and lose propulsion before the customer expects,” Chris Bonelli, coordinator of global advanced technology communications for GM, said Friday morning.

Bonelli added, “Of the more than 10,000 Bolt EVs sold to date, less than 1 percent have experienced this issue so far.” But a few hundred have shown signs that the battery is at risk, and GM is contacting the owners of these vehicles, he said.

What Bolt Owners Should Do

Owners contacted by GM should take their Bolt into their dealer. A mechanic will inspect and repair the battery, or change it out. For replacements, owners will get a new, already tested battery that GM knows is operating correctly, Bonelli said.

“We don’t want all owners to think they’re going to have an issue,” he said. “This happens with a very low state of charge. If someone is affected, we’ll contact them soon and get it addressed as soon as possible.”

GM is not aware of any injury or damage reports because of this issue, he said.

If you haven’t received a notice but still have concerns, Consumer Reports recommends paying more attention to the remaining expected range gauge on their cars.

“Keep your state of battery charge high, even if that means topping it before you normally would,” says Jennifer Stockburger, director at CR’s Auto Test Center.

CR also recently tested the Bolt’s range in a head-to-head comparison with Tesla’s Model S 75D, under normal driving conditions. The Bolt traveled 250 miles before running out of juice on one full charge. The Model S made it 235 miles in the CR test.

Bonelli said the automaker became aware of the problem from data sent through GM’s OnStar telematics system, which sends vehicle performance information from the car to the automaker.

Consumer Reports owns a 2017 Bolt EV (shown above), and we’ve run just over 4,000 miles on it without a battery incident, according to CR chief mechanic John Ibbotson. And CR has not been notified to date by GM, he adds.

The 2017 Bolt EV is a CR-recommended vehicle in the electric car/hybrid category.

One Driver’s Experience

The effect of the sudden power was dramatic for Brad Berman. His Bolt stopped suddenly on a North Berkeley, Calif., road even though readouts indicated that it had dozens of miles of range available.

He said the failure came with little warning. Berman, 54, spoke with Consumer Reports on Friday. He first noted his incident on PluginCars.com.

“There was some kind of warning, a mild beep of some kind, that would indicate that you had a door ajar, but there wasn’t even enough time to figure that out on the dashboard before the steering wheel shuddered,” he said. “It was a dramatic and immediate halting of the car’s movement.”

Berman was on his way home from work as a journalist and video producer, and was less than a mile from his home when the Bolt stopped around 5 p.m. Aug. 8.

“From every indication, the car had juice,” he said. “The only thing is, when I would try to shift—in the middle of a busy road where people whip around very fast—into Drive or Reverse, there was a message saying that it couldn’t be done.

“I tried to reboot the car: power down, power back up, and try again. I did that two to three times, until I realized ‘I’m not moving.’ It’s basically like a panic situation, because you don’t know what’s happening.

“After about 2 minutes, I just put it into Neutral. I let it roll back to where I could basically parallel park. It stopped blocking someone’s driveway, but to move it any more would have placed it into a curve in the road,” Berman said. He gave up and walked home, where he waited 2 hours for a tow truck to pick up his car.

Berman said he remains impressed with the Bolt’s range capability and said he’s a little frustrated by the 13 days it took to get his car back, and what he considered a lack of information from GM about the situation. Still, he said he understands that “it’s premature, because we don’t know what the deal is. The dealer said that they had not experienced this event before.”

It’s rare, but not unheard of, for new electric cars to have issues around battery strength readouts. Nissan issued two service bulletins for its Leaf electric car, for the 2011 and 2012 model years. One bulletin instructed dealers on how to improve the accuracy of the battery capacity level gauge, and the other instructed them on how to help owners whose Leaf wouldn’t start under certain conditions.

Thanks for reading this article.  You may also like: 10 Reasons why I like my Bolt better than my Tesla 

Source: Chevrolet Bolt Battery Might Run Out Suddenly, Automaker Warns Some Owners

High Desert Pkg 2017 Chevy Silverado Walk Around Ron Westphal Chevrolet Video

High Desert Pkg 2017 Chevy Silverado Walk Around Ron Westphal Chevrolet Video

Visit us online to find out more about this awesome Chevy Silverado!

Our Customer Care Team can be reached at 630-898-9630.  They’ll be happy to check availability, review pricing and answer any questions you may have.

If you like this video, then you’ll enjoy our more detailed video about the High Desert Package tonneau cover and lighted side boxes.  http://westphalchevyblog.com/index.php/2017/08/23/2017-chevy-silverado-desert-package-tonneau-cover-and-side-boxes-video/

Thanks for watching!

2017 Chevy Silverado Desert Package Tonneau Cover and Side Boxes Video

2017 Chevy Silverado Desert Package Tonneau Cover and Side Boxes Video

This short video features Ron Westphal Chevrolet salesperson Brian Crunican demonstrating how easy it is to use the lighted side boxes on the all new Desert Package on the 2017 Chevy Silverado.

Brian also shares how simple it is to remove the hard tonneau cover.

For additional information visit our website at www.westphalchevy.com.

Please call Brian Crunican or our customer care team at 630-898-9630 to verify availability, check pricing or answer any questions you may have.

If you like this video, you may also enjoy http://westphalchevyblog.com/index.php/2017/07/24/video-2018-chevy-traverse-redline-series-exterior-ron-westphal-chevrolet/

GM Doubles Down On Diesel As 2018 Equinox Gets 39 MPG Rating, 577-Mile Range

2018 Chevy Equinox diesel engineGM doubles down on diesel with 39 mpg Equinox that has 577 mile range

2018 Chevy Equinox diesel engine

Flashback to June 2015. Volkswagen was the unrivaled leader in sales mainstream diesel-powered cars in America. The only other brands selling any notable number of diesel cars were the three German premium brands. VW’s only competitor was General Motors which had sold about 12,000 Cruze diesels over the prior two years with almost no marketing push. As GM was revealing the all-new second-generation Cruze including a new diesel engine, Powertrain VP Dan Nicholson declared that GM intended to become the U.S. market leader in passenger vehicle diesels. Three months later all hell broke loose for Volkswagen and it looked like diesel in America might be on the verge of extinction.

Looking for a diesel?  Call Ron Westphal Chevrolet’s Customer Care team now at 630-898-9630 or visit us online.

Two years later, Volkswagen has paid out billions of dollars in fines and updated millions of vehicles globally and repurchased most of the nearly half million affected vehicles in the U.S. It now appears unlikely that VW will ever sell another new diesel in this market and even Mercedes-Benz, the brand that sold the first ever diesels back in the 1920s has largely given up on the technology.

Despite that, it’s way too early to declare either the the rebirth of the demise of the diesel engine. Since VW was outed for cheating on diesel emissions, Jaguar-Land Rover has added diesel engines to most of its lineup, Mazda has announced a diesel in the new CX-5 and GM has launched the GMC Canyon, Chevy Colorado and Cruze. Earlier this year, the company announced plans to add its new 1.6-liter “whisper diesel” to a pair of its most popular vehicles, the Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain crossovers.

The manual transmission Cruze diesel got an EPA rating of 52 mpg on the highway and 37 mpg combined. With the Equinox about to hit dealers, it has achieved a label rating of 39 mpg highway and 32 mpg combined. That’s significantly better than any of its gas-fueled competitors and it even beats the numbers from the hybrid versions of the Nissan Rogue and Toyota Rav4.

 

It’s been about six months since the diesel-powered Cruze sedan went on sale and the results so far could charitably be described as modest. Sales of compact cars in general have been in a rapid decline of late as customers rush to crossovers and the marketing push for the diesel has yet to begin in earnest. Perhaps more importantly, the Cruze hatchback will be finally be offered with the diesel with the start of model year 2018 production.

“American diesel customers have generally shown a preference for five-door models so we expect the addition of the hatchback this fall to significantly boost Cruze diesel sales.” said Nicholson in a recent interview.

You may also like this post about 2018 Chevy Equinox Styling

Source: GM Doubles Down On Diesel As 2018 Equinox Gets 39 MPG Rating, 577-Mile Range

2017 Chevy Bolt Premier Interior Video Ron Westphal Chevrolet

2017 Chevy Bolt Premier Interior Video

Check out the all new electric Chevrolet Bolt EV at Ron Westphal Chevrolet in Aurora, IL near Naperville, Plainfield and more.

Visit our website or call our customer care team now to arrange your V.I.P hands-on evaluation.

Chevy Bolt vs Nissan Leaf video comparison

Chevy Bolt vs Nissan Leaf video comparison

Chevy Bolt vs Nissan Leaf Video Comparison Ron Westphal Chevy goes over just some of the Chevrolet advantages.

Spoiler Alert:  The Chevy Bolt creams the Nissan Leaf.

Want to see and/or drive a Bolt in person? Give our Customer Care Team a call at 630-898-9630 to arrange a V.I.P. demonstration drive.  If you prefer, visit our website at http://www.WestphalChevy.com.

Thanks for watching!

Ron Westphal Chevrolet is a family owned new and used car dealership located in Aurora, IL near Naperville, Plainfield and Oswego, IL. We are less than 1 hour from Chicago and in Kendall County, so we are very popular with residents from the Windy City.

2017 Chevy Bolt Exterior Video

2017 Chevy Bolt Exterior Video

Check out the all new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV.  It’s an all electric vehicle that’s built for economy and fun!  Bolt offers a range of over 230 miles, all without one single drop of gasoline!

Bolt starts at only $29,995 (including Federal Tax deduction) and offers a 100,000 mile GM warranty.

Call our Customer Care Team now at 630-898-9630 to schedule a V.I.P. demonstration drive.  Or, visit our website to learn more about this fantastic electric vehicle.

Cruze wins top safety awards

Staff report

Cruze wins top safety awards Ron Westphal Chevrolet Aurora, IL

LORDSTOWN

The Chevrolet Cruze, manufactured at the General Motors Lordstown Complex, is judged one of the safest vehicles on the road and rates fifth among

ll small cars in performance, execution and layout in new honors from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and J.D. Power.

Would you like to Find New Roads in a brand new Chevrolet Cruze?  Call our Customer Care Team at 630-898-9630 to schedule your V.I.P. appointment today.  Or, drop by our website!

In a recent special-edition company newsletter, GM Lords-town reported the NHTSA gave the Cruze a 5-Star safety rating, the best available.

The NHTSA’s safety rating program evaluates how vehicles perform in crash tests involving frontal, side and roll-over testing, the types of traffic accidents most common on America’s roads.

In the evaluation process, more stars mean safer cars.

“This is more great news for our Cruze. The consumer information label affixed to the left rear window of Cruze will soon change from the current 4-Star to 5-Star,” said Lordstown plant manager Rick Demuynck.

J.D. Power’s study for Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout released last week showed the Cruze ranked fifth in the small-car segment, up from 18th place last year, which was the second-largest APEAL improvement in the industry.

The most appealing vehicles tend to remain on dealer lots for shorter periods, command higher prices, and are more likely to create brand loyalty when traded in, according to the APEAL study, which measures owners’ emotional attachment and level of excitement about 77 attributes that manufacturers use to help design and develop more appealing vehicles.

The safety and design awards show the hard work and effort put forth by United Auto Workers of America and General Motors, said Robert Morales, president of UAW Local 1714, which represents fabrication workers at the plant.

“I believe the awards will translate into increased sales. People do pay attention. I believe these awards and our hard work will definitely pay off,” Morales said.

Similarly, the GM Lordstown newsletter read: “The J.D. Power second-place finish in the Initial Quality study and the NHTSA 5-Star Safety ranking all are fueling our drive to better the perception of our car and complex.”

You may also enjoy this:  http://westphalchevyblog.com/index.php/2017/06/22/gm-adds-850-more-jobs-in-metroplex-expands-to-six-flags-mall-site-business-herald-democrat-sherman-tx/

Cruze wins top safety awards Source: Youngstown news, GM Lordstown’s Cruze wins top safety, performance awards

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Photo Gallery

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Photo Gallery front driver's side

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Photo Gallery

As a preview to our upcoming off-road head-to-head comparison test, we wanted to show you what the all-new 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 looks like, in full detail, in living color.

Want your own 4X4 ZR2?  Call Ron Westphal Chevrolet in Aurora, IL near Naperville at 630-898-9630.  Or, visit our website today.

You may also like this article:  http://westphalchevyblog.com/index.php/2017/05/02/2017-chevrolet-colorado-zr2-rolls-customers-motor-trend/2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Photo Gallery front2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Photo Gallery side view driver's side2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Photo Gallery close up of headlight Ron Westphal Chevy 630-898-96302017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Photo Gallery close up of pickup bed and spare Ron Westphal Chevy 630-898-96302017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Photo Gallery rear view Ron Westphal Chevy 630-898-96302017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Photo Gallery close up of tailpipe Ron Westphal Chevy 630-898-96302017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Photo Gallery close up of underneath chassis Ron Westphal Chevy 630-898-96302017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Photo Gallery close up of underneath Ron Westphal Chevy 630-898-96302017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Photo Gallery close up of speedometer Ron Westphal Chevy 630-898-96302017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Photo Gallery close up 4x4 controls Ron Westphal Chevy 630-898-96302017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Photo Gallery interior Ron Westphal Chevy 630-898-96302017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Photo Gallery auto four wheel drive Ron Westphal Chevy 630-898-96302017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Photo Gallery leather interior Ron Westphal Chevy 630-898-96302017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Photo Gallery engine Ron Westphal Chevy 630-898-96302017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Photo Gallery off road Ron Westphal Chevy 630-898-9630Thanks for looking at our 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Photo Gallery.

Source: 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2: Photo Gallery – PickupTrucks.com News

2017 Chevy Malibu Hybrid

2017 Chevy Malibu HybridThe mileage king of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu lineup is the Hybrid model, a mid-size gas/electric sedan that borrows some of its energy components from the electric Volt and Bolt.

2017 Chevy Malibu Hybrid

The mileage king of the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu lineup is the Hybrid model, a mid-size gas/electric sedan that borrows some of its energy components from the Volt and Bolt electric vehicles. As a result, the 2017 Malibu Hybrid will take you an amazing 49 miles down the highway on a single gallon of gasoline.

Ron Westphal Chevrolet (in Aurora IL near Naperville) stocks a large selection of brand new and late-model Chevrolet Malibu models.  Visit our website or call our Customer Care Team today.

The Malibu Hybrid uses a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine and electric motors for its power. The combination results in a total of 182 horsepower and sends 277 lb.-ft. of torque to the front wheels. You won’t win red light races in this car, but if you buy one that’s probably not what you had in mind anyway.

However, while the others are stopped for gas, you’ll drive right by the station with a big smile on your face.

An 80-cell 1.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack supplies power to the hybrid system and can power the Malibu Hybrid up to about 55 miles per hour on electricity alone. The gas engine automatically kicks in at higher speeds or when the driver calls for more power.

One day during my week with the Malibu Hybrid, I drove from Denham Springs to the Santa Maria subdivision. The odometer showed the round trip was about 46 miles, but the “distance to empty” reading was only about five miles less at the end of the trip than the start. That’s because the car stores energy that is generated when coasting or braking.

I drove the car with an eye towards fuel economy instead of my normal way, which generally does not have an eye towards fuel economy unless I’m almost out of gas. I was amazed at the fuel efficiency of this mid-sized sedan. And much of this efficiency is attributable to its sharing technology with the Volt.

In addition to the drive unit, the Malibu Hybrid also share’s the 2016 Volt’s blended regenerative braking system, which provides maximum kinetic energy recovery during braking and coasting. The energy is stored in the battery for use later.

On the road, the Malibu Hybrid is comfortable and roomy. Our Jet Black test car absorbed potholes without fuss, and it had the necessary power from its gas and electric motors to get around slower vehicles on two-lane roads.

Inside the cabin, the 8-way power front seats were well bolstered and comfortable. There’s still some hard plastic in this car, but materials were soft in the right spots. Keyless start is standard, although it takes a little getting used to when you push the start button and only the electrical system silently boots up. The engine doesn’t come on until it’s needed.

Graphics on the 7-inch diagonal touchscreen were crisp and clear, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on the base audio system for 2017.

The driver has the ability to switch between display screens, one of which is an energy meter. This function allows the driver to see what source is supplying vehicle power: the battery, the engine or both. The screen also shows when regenerative braking is active. It’s more than just a really cool feature that I enjoyed using, it’s a good tool to help drivers become more fuel efficient.

A new Teen Driver feature is also standard equipment. This feature allows parents to set driving controls, review junior’s driving habits and encourage safe driving.

Finally, the 2017 Chevy Malibu Hybrid is also a safe car, winning a 5-star safety rating from the government. The hybrid version of the Malibu hasn’t been rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but the regular 2017 Malibu is a “Top Safety Pick Plus,” which is the agency’s highest rating.

Thanks for reading about the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid.  We hope to see you soon.

Source: 2017 Chevy Malibu Hybrid | Cars | theadvocate.com