Chevy Volt Hybrid Battery Replacement Estimate Is Real, Dealer Says
KSNF/KODE – A post on Twitter showing a photo of a repair estimate for replacing a hybrid battery on a Chevrolet Volt has gone viral.
As you can see in the image above, a Florida Chevrolet dealership (Roger Dean Chevrolet) quoted a Chevy Volt owner nearly $30,000 to replace the battery in his aging hybrid car. A dealer printout lists the price of a new battery on the 70,000 mile 2012 Volt at $26,853.99. Add to that the cost of labor, fees and taxes and the estimate totals $29,842.15.
Many on Facebook have now seen the Posting on Twitter of August 25, and the information has since been shared countless times.
The repair estimate is, in fact, legit because numerous news outlets and independent journalists have contacted Roger Dean Chevrolet and confirmed the information on the estimate.
USA Today reported that Roger Dean Chevrolet in Cape Coral, Florida gave the estimate to a customer in early August.
“The car that needed repair was a 2012 Chevrolet Volt, a hybrid electric vehicle. The car was no longer under warranty and General Motors no longer manufactures the car battery. This is a battery that (must be) purchased from a third-party supplier,” said Gary Herrmann, service manager at Roger Dean Chevrolet.
Roger Dean Chevrolet posted on his Facebook page the reason for such a high estimate for a Chevy Volt hybrid battery replacement:
“This is an estimate for a 12 year old vehicle out of warranty and for a battery that is extremely difficult to obtain, due to the 12 year old technology of the vehicle. The dealer does not price the batteries. In newer EV or EUV vehicles with newer technology, batteries cost less. Think of them like big screen TVs. Remember when the first big screen came out, they were very expensive, and as technology was changing, prices were getting better.This battery is also out of warranty for 8 years / 100,000 miles, regardless of the first shock.
Facebook post – Roger Dean Chevrolet
The Chevy Volt and other hybrid vehicles run on two batteries.
The part was cited to replace the most expensive: the hybrid battery.
Fact-checking website Snopes also contacted the dealership and discovered that the repair quote was for a battery from a third-party supplier.
Currently, most hybrid batteries cost between $2,000 and $8,000 and can last up to 15 years or 100,000 to 150,000 miles.
The other battery in hybrid vehicles is a more standard battery that powers the vehicle’s electronics and usually costs much less.
A parts department employee at Landers Chevrolet in Joplin, Mo., said a random refurbished hybrid battery for a 2019 Chevy Volt would cost about $2,600.
In 2019, General Motors (GM) discontinued the Volt line of vehicles.