Per a recent report from Reuters, the production delays arrive as General Motors moves to ramp up production of new battery modules while prioritizing recall repairs. As GM Authority covered previously, General Motors has issued a recall for all Chevy Bolt EV and Chevy Bolt EUV models due to a fire risk related to a manufacturing defect in the all-electric vehicles’ battery pack. The latest recall expands an existing recall that was in place for a selection of Chevy Bolt EV models to include all Chevy Bolt EVs and Chevy Bolt EUVs, affecting some 140,000 vehicles.
At the moment, GM’s Lake Orion Assembly Plant in Michigan has been offline since August 23rd, and is likely to be offline until at least November 1st.
In the wake of the Chevy Bolt EV and Chevy Bolt EUV recall, General Motors’ battery supplier, LG Electronics, agreed to reimburse GM for expenses incurred replacing the faulty battery units. It’s estimated that the battery recall will cost roughly $2 billion.
General Motors did not detail exactly how much the South Korean company will pay, but did indicate that the automaker will recognize an estimated recovery in Q3 earnings that will offset $1.9 billion of the recall costs. Meanwhile, LG Chem Ltd and LG Electronics have announced that it will provide a combined $1.2 billion in reimbursement with regard to the recall.
Battery production resumed late last month. General Motors expects to begin the lengthy process of replacing affected Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV battery packs sometime this month.
General Motors has advised Chevy Bolt EV and Chevy Bolt EUV owners to limit charging their vehicles to 90-percent capacity, and to avoid depletion of the battery below 70 miles of remaining range. Customers are also advised against charging their vehicle indoors overnight. It’s believed that the battery defect has been the cause of more than a dozen fires.