General Motors is extending a production stoppage for the Chevy Bolt EV and Chevy Bolt EUV. The all-electric hatchback/crossover models will not resume production at the GM’s Lake Orion Assembly plant in Michigan until mid-October.
Production of the Chevy Bolt EV and Chevy Bolt EUV was halted August 23rd, and was originally scheduled to resume in September. Now, however, GM has extended the production stoppage until at least October 18th, stating that it will not resume production until it is confident that the recently expanded battery recall for the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV will adequately address the associated fire risk.
Late last month, General Motors expanded an existing product recall for the Chevy Bolt EV to all models and model years, including the all-new Chevy Bolt EUV. The recall is related to manufacturing defects in the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV battery packs, some of which may have a torn anode tab and folded separator, which could increase the risk of fire. Nearly 142,000 units are affected by the recall.
The battery defect was traced back to manufacturing processes from General Motors’ battery supplier, LG Energy Solution. General Motors has indicated that it is pursuing reimbursements from LG. As part of the recall, GM will replace all existing battery packs in Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV models, a move that is estimated to cost roughly $1.8 billion.
As of Thursday, the battery defect has been linked to 12 fires and three injuries. One of the latest fires occurred in Georgia, as GM Authority covered previously. Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV owners are advised to limit charging their vehicles to a maximum of 90 percent, while avoiding frequent recharging and depletion of the battery capacity below 70 miles remaining. Customers are also advised to park their vehicle outside immediately after a charge session, and not to charge their vehicle indoors overnight.
Production of the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV aren’t the only models facing stoppages as several other North American GM production facilities are now idle as a result of the ongoing global microchip shortage.