In mid-August, General Motors officially launched the new 2022 Chevy Bolt EV in Brazil, opening the reservation period of the model in the South American country. Although its sales start through the dealer network was scheduled for the end of September, the automaker confirmed to the local press that it has postponed the arrival of the updated Bolt EV in the Brazilian market.
GM Brazil’s communications department announced that the launch of the 2022 Chevy Bolt EV in the country was affected by the massive recall of the vehicle in the United States and Canada. The recently extended recall covered all model years and halted production of Chevrolet‘s electric vehicle at the Lake Orion plant due to a manufacturing defect in the battery pack.
The 2022 Chevy Bolt EV units destined for import into Brazil have been grounded until the automaker can ensure that supplier LG Energy Solution’s battery packs are free of defects. Obviously, this situation has affected the entire supply and sales program of the model inside and outside of the United States, delaying its commercial deployment in Brazil and other markets internationally.
As such, customers who reserved their refreshed 2022 Chevy Bolt EV in Brazil will have to wait for the logistics process to finish and the automaker to resume series production of the model. GM has extended the production halt to at least October 18th, until it is confident that the battery recall will adequately address the associated fire risk.
GM Brazil assures that when the 2022 Chevy Bolt EV finally reaches the local market, it will be sold with certified high-voltage battery modules, and without the possible failures that ended up causing the current recall. However, the company has yet to publicly announce how battery replacement will be addressed in the 235 units of the Bolt EV that have been sold in Brazil since its introduction in late 2019.
The arrival of the 2022 Chevy Bolt EV on the Brazilian market has been postponed indefinitely, so the local subsidiary cannot yet announce a fixed date for its sales start. As a result, Chevrolet’s launch schedule in the country for the remainder of 2021 has been reduced from four to three models, including the new S10 Z71 in October, the 2022 Equinox in November and the upcoming Cruze RS in December.