Production of the the Chevy Bolt EV and Chevy Bolt EUV has been offline since the latter part of 2021 and through the first quarter of 2022 as GM managed repairs and a massive recall for both nameplates.
GM previously expanded a recall for both nameplates in August, recalling more than 140,000 examples of the Chevy Bolt EV and Chevy Bolt EUV in response to multiple reports of battery pack fires. The fires were linked to a pair of manufacturing defects in the battery packs themselves. The defective batteries, produced by GM’s battery partner, LG Energy Solution, included a torn anode and folded separator, both of which could be present in the same cell of affected battery packs. The defects could lead to the battery packs combusting.
To support the recall and prioritize repairs for affected models, GM halted production of the Chevy Bolt EV and Chevy Bolt EUV last November, while also issuing a stop-sale order for both nameplates. Battery production restarted in mid-September. Now, production of both vehicles at the GM Lake Orion Assembly plant in Michigan has restarted as well. The Lake Orion facility is the exclusive producer of both Chevy Bolt vehicles.
Going forward, GM has announced a$4 billion investment to upgrade the Lake Orion facility for production of the Chevy Silverado EV and GMC Sierra EV. Production of the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV will continue throughout the upgrade process.
As a reminder, the Chevy Bolt EV and Chevy Bolt EUV ride on the GM BEV2 platform and feature a single front-mounted Voltec drive motor.