GM paused production of the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV last year due to the widely publicized battery fire recall that was issued for the nameplates. Production has remained offline for the latter part of 2021 and the beginning of 2022 as GM prioritized getting repair parts to owners affected by the recall, however we’ve now learned production of both models will come back online on April 4th, 2022. Production of the electric hatchbacks takes place exclusively at the GM Lake Orion Assembly plant in Michigan.
While production of the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV will not resume until this spring, the automaker expects retail sales of the two vehicles to restart in the very near future. The automaker previously placed a stop-sale order on both vehicles due to the inherent safety risks posed by the battery fire issues.
GM extended its battery fire recall last August to include all 140,000 examples of the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV, shutting down the production of the vehicles. It later reopened the Lake Orion plant on November 1st, however the plant was only operational for about two weeks to help streamline GM’s production processes. It has remained offline since the November 1st opening. Battery pack production for the vehicles, meanwhile, restarted in mid-September as Chevy began producing replacement packs for existing customer vehicles.
GM was forced to recall 140,000+ examples of the new EVs after it received multiple reports of customer vehicles suddenly catching fire. The problem was eventually traced back to a manufacturing defect in the battery packs, which are produced by GM’s battery partner, LG Energy Solution, at facilities in Michigan and Korea. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into the battery module fires in October of 2020, which was completed and closed earlier this week.