Following previous news that it was halting all production of Bolt EV and EUV until battery supplier LG can deliver fault-free cells, General Motors (GM) announced an extended hiatus until October. The ruling follows a recall of Chevy Bolt electric vehicles over battery issues that resulted in twelve reported fires.
The Chevrolet Bolt debuted in 2016 as GM’s only electric vehicle offering. Since then, the historic automaker has introduced the Bolt EUV as well as… well, that’s it.
While GM has an all-electric Hummer, the Cadillac Lyriq and a four-wheel steering Silverado on the horizon, the Chevy Bolts and Bolts EUVs are currently the only two electric vehicles on GM’s production lines… although they have recently been frozen.
At the end of August, we reported that GM was stopping production of both versions of the Bolt until “LG can deliver faultless batteries.” The move follows months of reports of Bolt EV catching fire while charging – drawing pressure from many to extend a recall.
GM inevitably pulled back last month, issuing an expanded recall on all Bolt models from 2017 to 2022, including the new Bolt EUVs. Along with the announcement of the recall totaling more than 140,000 vehicles, GM blamed battery supplier LG, citing two manufacturing defects, saying it would seek reimbursement for costs estimated at around $ 1.8 billion.
At the time, GM production on the Chevy Bolt was already halted due to the global chip shortage. The former automaker has said it will not restart assembly lines until it is sure LG provides them with “flawless” cells.
While we thought this production delay would take a while, we now know that not a single Bolt will progress into production until at least mid-fall.
GM pushes back Bolt EV production hiatus to mid-October
According to a report by Reuters, GM has announced that it will extend the production shutdown of the Chevy Bolt at its Michigan assembly plant until at least October 15.
The Orion assembly plant where the bolts are built in Lake Orion, Mich., Is one of several GM plants in North America facing production shutdowns. However, GM’s other facilities were shut down solely because of the aforementioned semiconductor shortage.
GM said it was the cause of twelve reported Bolt fires, injuring three. The U.S. automaker has also said it will no longer resume production or sales of Bolt until it is satisfied that all recall measures correct the fire risk issue.
As part of the recall, GM may need to replace all battery modules on the Bolt EV and EUV models from the 2017-2022 model year.
Additionally, it is not clear whether the automaker has the diagnostic software to determine which Chevrolet vehicles do not need to replace their modules. Due to these issues, it is not known how long this recall process can take.
For now, all production lines for the Chevy Bolt will sit idle until October 15 at the earliest. The shutdown surely puts a huge drag on GM’s electric vehicle sales figures for 2021.
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