Production of the 2021 Chevy Bolt EV with the Cayenne Orange Metallic and Silver Ice Metallic exterior colors will end in Q1 of 2021, GM Authority has learned. Chevrolet dealers will have their last chance to order the five-door battery-electric subcompact hatchback in these colors in late January.
The news comes only days after GM Authority confirmed that the Light Ash Grey / Ceramic White interior color combination was also being deleted from the 2021 Chevy Bolt EV, likely because of a windshield glare issue associated with that colorway.
Cayenne Orange Metallic has been available for the Bolt EV for only two model years. It was introduced for the 2020 Bolt EV at the same time as Oasis Blue, coinciding with the deletion of Green Mist Metallic and Shock. Meanwhile, Silver Ice Metallic has been offered as an exterior color on the Bolt EV since the model was introduced for the 2017 model year. It’s currently unclear which colors, if any, will arrive to replace the two soon-to-be-deleted hues.
The Bolt EV has been making some headlines lately. In November, GM issued a worldwide recall of almost 69,000 units due to a potential fire risk relating to the vehicle’s battery units, following reports of five batteries catching fire. The recall did not prevent a class-action lawsuit being filed over the same issue only a few weeks later. Even so, the Bolt EV was the only product in the mainstream electric and electrified vehicle space to see a growth in sales volume during Q3 2020.
With the exception of a handful of minor changes, the 2021 Chevy Bolt EV is almost identical to the 2020 car. GM intended to give Chevy’s first dedicated electric vehicle a mid-cycle enhancement (otherwise known as a refresh or MCE) for the 2021 model year, but this was one of several projects delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The refreshed Bolt EV will now launch as the 2022 Bolt EV, which is due to go into production in the summer of 2021.
The refresh will bring various updates, including new front and rear fascias, a redesigned cockpit, and better seats. The electric powertrain is not expected to see any updates. The refreshed 2022 Bolt EV will be joined by a closely related all-electric Chevrolet hatchback called Chevy Bolt EUV. Short for “Electric Utility Vehicle”, the Bolt EUV is due to go into production around the same time as the 2022 Bolt EV as a 2022 model year vehicle. The Bolt EUV is part of GM’s plan to launch 30 EVs worldwide by 2025, and was recently shown for the first time in undisguised form by GM Authority.