According to GM Authority sources, production of the 2023 Chevy Bolt EV and 2023 Chevy Bolt EUV is slated to begin July 21st. Order books will open June 9th. Previously, production for both 2023-model-year vehicles was set to begin May 9th, but that date has since been revised as production for the 2022-model-year vehicles only recently resumed. Both the Bolt EV and the Bolt EUV are produced at the GM Lake Orion Assembly plant in Michigan.
As GM Authority covered previously, General Motors paused production of the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV following a widespread vehicle recall over a manufacturing defect in the vehicles’ battery packs. Both models were potentially produced with faulty batteries that could lead to a fire. Following an internal investigation by battery supplier LG Energy Solution, the fires were linked to two individual manufacturing defects, specifically a torn anode tab and also a folded separator in the packs themselves.
Back in February, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) closed an investigation into the battery pack fires. The investigation was opened in October, 2020 following numerous reports that units of the Chevy Bolt EV and Chevy Bolt EUV had caught fire while charging, or when the vehicles had reached the end of the battery charging cycle. Production of the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV was paused towards the latter half of 2021, only to resume early in April of 2022.
The 2023 Chevy Bolt EV is the seventh model year of the first-generation nameplate, arriving with just a few changes over the preceding, fully refreshed 2022 model year. Meanwhile, the 2023 Chevy Bolt EUV is the second model year of the first-generation nameplate introduced the year prior. Both models feature a 65 kWh battery pack, as well as a single front-mounted Voltec electric motor rated at 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. Both models ride on the GM BEV2 platform.