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Lawsuit claims Chevy Bolt not hardy enough for South Dakota winters

Lawsuit claims Chevy Bolt not hardy enough for South Dakota winters

Auto manufacturer General Motors is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a South Dakota man who claimed the car giant misled consumers about the effectiveness of an electric car model.

Jason Haas originally filed his lawsuit in state court in Turner County, South Dakota, but GM has filed a motion to remove the action to federal court.

Haas says he bought a Chevy Bolt, an electric vehicle, on Nov. 21, 2017 from Billion Auto in Iowa City, Iowa. The car’s literature indicated it had a range of 238 miles.

But the range proved to be considerably less – by 100 miles – during the cold winter months.

“At no time during his purchase did GMC make him aware that the project [sic] mileage was not accurate, and as a purchaser living in South Dakota – where the lower temperature average is below 30 degrees Fahrenheit for six out of the 12 calendar months,” the lawsuit says.

Haas’ lawsuit is seeking class-action status to represent consumers who bought Bolts in the Dakotas, Iowa, Minnesota and Montana. The lawsuit accuses GM of breaching warranties, fraudulent misrepresentation and selling a vehicle with manufacturing and design defects.

In its motion to dismiss, GM calls the allegation “nonsensical,” because GM didn’t sell the vehicle to Haas.

GM’s literature for the Bolt “repeatedly discloses that the vehicle’s ‘actual range may vary based on several factors including temperature, terrain and driving conditions,’” the motion says. “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.”

GM’s motion says Haas’ allegations are “vague, conclusory, and inadequately pled under the pleading standards of the Federal Rules.”

A ruling on GM’s motion is pending.

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I’m not hardy enough for South Dakota winters either.

I’m going to sue myself.

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I’m not hardy enough for South Dakota winters either. I’m going to sue myself.
For true. It's a mystery how they keep anyone in that place without an electrified fence around it.

This guy is just making a nuisance and hoping GM will pay him to go away. Anyone living up there in the frozen ass-end of nowhere deals with the climate every day. Living there requires evaluating every purchase; housing, clothing, transportation, as to suitability for that extreme condition. That he didn't do the homework is on him, not GM. Imagine him buying a Corvette and claiming GM didn't warn him it's only rear drive and has only 3" of ground clearance, so not suitable for daily transportation in blizzard conditions.

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For true. It's a mystery how they keep anyone in that place without an electrified fence around it.

This guy is just making a nuisance and hoping GM will pay him to go away. Anyone living up there in the frozen ass-end of nowhere deals with the climate every day. Living there requires evaluating every purchase; housing, clothing, transportation, as to suitability for that extreme condition. That he didn't do the homework is on him, not GM. Imagine him buying a Corvette and claiming GM didn't warn him it's only rear drive and has only 3" of ground clearance, so not suitable for daily transportation in blizzard conditions.

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Pretty much any car’s mileage will take a hit in really cold weather, maybe not as big a drop as in an EV, but if this lawsuit succeeds every vehicle owner in SD can sue every manufacturer over their lousy mileage when it’s 0 outside.
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What about all the happy Bolt buyers/drivers in Canada? This is a nonsense lawsuit. Anyone who buys any EV and does not know that the range is temperature dependent is a foolish consumer!
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Lawsuit happy and hoping for a payout. Some lawyers need to be in jail along with
the people they are representing. This is nothing more than exploitation.
They should be sued for wasting the courts and GM's time, IMO!
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This is beyond ridiculous. What about the other 6 months when it does better than advertised? If this gets any traction, all EV's will be vulnerable.
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Hunt around for my various posts on the Bolt in Butte Montana. Does it take a range hit in the winter...yeah, only slightly more than my Subaru. Is it a thoroughly competent winter driver with good winter tires. Absolutely.
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Obviously GMC colluded with Russia to get the consumers in South Dakota to purchase their EVs, because when everyone drives electric then antropogenic global warming will stop, and South Dakota will become even colder, thereby driving up the costs of heating oil! Soaking the little guys, GMC does! ;-)
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