GM announced in November that production of the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV would remain offline for the remainder of the year as it continued to prioritize getting repair parts to customers affected by the battery fire recall over producing more new vehicles. This week, the automaker confirmed the Lake Orion Assembly plant where the two electric compacts are built would remain offline until at least January 28th as it continued “to focus on battery module replacements.”
As we reported previously, GM reopened the Lake Orion 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.
The Lake Orion facility was initially shut down in late 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 widely publicized battery fire recall now includes around 140,000 vehicles, GM says. The recall campaign is expected to total $2 billion USD, most of which will be covered by the automaker’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 spokesman Dan Flores said last month at the automaker remains focused on getting replacement parts to customers and that it will “continue to inform employees at the appropriate time of any additional production schedule adjustments,” that may come about in early 2022.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched an investigation into the GM battery module fires last autumn. The investigation remains open as the safety watchdog probes the causes of the fires and GM’s response to the matter.