The automaker’s Lake Orion Assembly plant in Michigan will take three weeks of downtime this month, Automotive News reports, with the plant set to remain offline from November 15th through to December 3rd. Vehicles will once again begin rolling off the assembly line on December 6th.
GM spokesman Dan Flores told the publication the plant will remain open this week and next, producing a limited number of Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV units. It will also help optimize battery output during this time and work on fulfilling requests from dealers related to battery pack replacements.
“Battery module replacements remain the priority. We will continue to adjust Orion’s production schedule moving forward to best support the recall,” Flores told AN.
GM was forced to recall 140,000 examples of the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV after it received multiple reports of the vehicles spontaneously combusting. The problem was traced back to a manufacturing defect in the battery packs, which are manufactured by GM’s battery partner, LG Energy Solution, at facilities in Michigan and Korea. The recall entails replacing the battery packs in nearly all 140,000 vehicles and is expected to cost around $2 billion USD – the majority of which will be covered by LG.
GM is first focusing on 2017-2019 model year Chevy Bolt EV models for battery pack replacements, as it has already developed software for these vehicles that detect faults within the battery module and can determine whether or not it needs to be replaced. This software is not yet available for the updated 2022 Bolt EV or the new Bolt EUV, though it is currently under development.