Production of the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV, which has been on pause for most of the past six months, will restart on April 4, General Motors confirmed Tuesday.
The issue stems back to a series of fires that happened when Bolt EVs were nearly or fully charged. GM is now aware of 18 suspected fires based on its own investigations. GM planson affected 2017-2019 Bolt EV models and found that newer models may also be affected. There may be additional replacements, but GM hasn’t provided an update on its replacement rate.
GM first shut down production at the Michigan plant the week of Aug. 23, 2021, when the cells were determined to be potentially faulty, the source of the production flaw was unresolved, and GM, which amounted to about 141,000 vehicles in North America.
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Since battery production restarted in October, GM has redirected the bulk of the supply of new cells and packs for fixing recalled vehicles and vehicles already on dealer lots. Although it resumed vehicle production for three weeks in November, the Bolt EV and EUV production line has otherwise been idled.
“While continuing to complete module replacements, GM will resume production at its Orion Township, MI, plant the week of April 4, 2022,” the company said in a statement provided to Green Car Reports. “We remain committed to Bolt EV and EUV and this decision will allow us to simultaneously replace battery modules and resume retail sales soon, which were strong before the recall.”
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GM’s statement also recognized the patience customers have shown through the recall effort, which initially involved several software “fixes” before GM turned to hardware and manufacturing flaws in the cells themselves as the issue. Bolt EV owners were at some points advised not to charge fully and to park away from other vehicles, creating dilemmas for parking at workplaces and parking buildings.
The company declined to disclose specific recall repair numbers. Cells for the Bolt EV and EUV are made at an LG-owned facility in Holland Michigan, while packs are produced at an LG facility in Hazel Park, Michigan. LGof the $2.0 billion in estimated recall costs.
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The companies have otherwise partnered forthat are the crucial North American supply-chain pieces for making GM’s . The automaker plans to spend $27 billion on 30 new EVs globally by 2025, with affordable vehicles part of that mix.
GM last month revealed a, and the automaker has said that there will be a more affordable model than that. After all this fuss, will it be called Bolt EV? Your guess is as good as ours.