According to Reuters, production of both EVs will return at the GM Orion Assembly plant in Michigan next week in order to help “optimize battery production,” and sort out various “supply chain logistics.” This limited production period is expected to last about two weeks. It’s currently unclear when full series production of the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV will return at the facility. Orion Assembly, which is located about 35 miles northwest of downtown Detroit, currently employs about 1,181 people.
Production at Orion Assembly was paused in August after the automaker widened its recall of the Chevy Bolt EV to include all Bolt vehicles produced from the 2017-2021 model years, as well as the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV crossover. The recall included a total of 140,000 vehicles.
GM paused production at Orion Assembly as it worked with battery pack supplier LG Chem to find the root cause of the battery module fires. The fires were previously traced back to manufacturing defects with the packs, some of which had a torn anode tab and folded separator within one battery cell.
Vehicles subject to the recall campaign will receive a new battery pack module free of charge. The recall campaign is expected to total $2 billion USD, most of which will be covered by LG Electronics Inc. Battery pack production for the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV restarted in mid-September as Chevy worked to produce replacement packs for existing customer vehicles.
“Resuming battery module production is a first step and we’ll continue to work aggressively with LG to obtain additional battery supply,” GM said in a statement released last month. “In addition, we’re optimistic a new advanced diagnostic software will provide more convenience for our customers.”