A Florida man learned his electric vehicle needs a new battery — at the price of nearly $30,000.
The replacement estimate from Roger Dean Chevrolet in Cape Coral, Florida, began to circulate on social media last week, with many questioning its legitimacy. The dealership confirmed the quote, however, noting that the estimate was for a Chevrolet Volt, which carries heftier costs due to its older technology.
“This is an estimate for a 12 year old vehicle out of warranty and for a battery that is extremely hard to get, due to the older technology of the 12 year old vehicle,” Roger Dean Chevrolet commented on Facebook in an attempt to set the record straight. “The dealership does not set battery prices.”
When asked about the hefty price tag, a man told NBC 2 that “$30,000 is a lot to fix anything on a car, especially when the car itself could be, like, worth less than that.”
The cost of a 2012 Volt today is estimated to be between $7,999 and $17,590, according to the automotive site Edmunds. The Chevrolet Bolt has since replaced the Volt and starts at $25,000.
The dealership took the opportunity to pitch the sale of newer electric vehicles.
“In the newer EV or EUV vehicles with newer technology the batteries do cost less,” Roger Dean Chevrolet added. “Think of it like big screen TVs. Remember when the first big screen came out, they were very expensive, and as the technology advanced the prices became better.”
A Consumer Affairs report in April estimated that replacing a gasoline-powered engine would cost between $4,000 to $10,000.
Don’t believe I will be buying an Electric Car…Guess where the battery is made? Communist Red China. Might have known. All the United States is doing is supporting a Communist Country who hates our guts, but our leaders keep supporting China, and keep lining their pockets with money from them…Thats why the Biden satanic Cult Crime Family loves China. Got to remember the Big Guy has to get his 10% cut.
“A Consumer Affairs report in April estimated that replacing a gasoline-powered engine would cost between $4,000 to $10,000.” There’s no comparison between an engine and a battery!