GM reopened the Lake Orion Assembly plant on November 1st after production of the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV was put on pause in August amid the battery fire recall investigation. The plant only remained open for about two weeks, however, as GM worked to optimize battery production and sort out various supply chain problems for the two compact EVs.
In a statement sent to The Detroit News this week, GM spokesman Dan Flores confirmed the Lake Orion Assembly plant would not reopen for regular series production of the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV until early next year.
“GM has notified employees at Orion Assembly the plant will take downtime for the remainder of the 2021 calendar year,” Flores said. “This decision will enable us to continue prioritizing recall repairs. We will continue to inform employees at the appropriate time of any additional production schedule adjustments in early 2022, as we continue to focus on battery module replacements.”
The Lake Orion facility was closed in August after GM widened its recall of the Chevy Bolt EV to include all Bolt vehicles produced from the 2017-2022 model years, as well as the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV crossover. The recall now includes a total of 140,000 vehicles, many of which will need their battery modules replaced entirely. The recall campaign is expected to total $2 billion USD, most of which will be covered by GM’s battery supplier partner, LG Electronics Inc.
Battery pack production for the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV restarted in mid-September as Chevy began producing replacement packs for existing customer vehicles. GM said previously that it would “work aggressively with LG to obtain additional battery supply,” for recalled units.