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GM Planning To Build 70,000 Chevy Bolt EV, Bolt EUV Units In 2023

GM is ramping up its all-electric vehicle production efforts, including for the Chevy Bolt EV and Chevy Bolt EUV, with The General planning to produce 70,000 new Bolts next year.

According to a recent report from Reuters, GM said that it would boost Bolt production for global markets to 70,000 units in 2023 from roughly 44,000 units for 2022. The production increase for the Chevy Bolt EV and Chevy Bolt EUV coincides with further production increases for other GM EV models, including the Cadillac Lyriq, while a slew of new GM EV models are now headed down the pipe, including the Chevy Silverado EV, Chevy Blazer EV, and Chevy Equinox EV.

The Chevy Bolt EV recently posted its best quarterly sales ever at 14,709 units for Q3 of the 2022 calendar year, a massive 576.58-percent sales increase compared to the same time period in 2021.

Sales Numbers - Chevy Bolt - Q3 2022 - USA

MODEL Q3 22 / Q3 21 Q3 22 Q3 21 YTD 22 / YTD 21 YTD 22 YTD 21
BOLT EV +62.37% 3,530 2,174 -72.06% 6,163 22,056
BOLT EUV +377.53% 11,179 2,341 +476.96% 15,849 2,747
TOTAL +225.78% 14,709 4,515 -11.25% 22,012 24,803

Notably, Chevy Bolt sales were nearly non-existent late last year due to multiple recalls and stop-sale orders for both the Bolt EV and EUV, which were issued as a result of multiple vehicle fires tied to a defect in the models’ battery pack. GM ended up recalling all units of the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV in order to address the issue by replacing the potentially defective battery packs with new components.

As reported by Reuters, GM’s EV efforts still make up only a small portion of the automaker’s total vehicle sales, with an estimated 1.4 percent of GM’s 1.65 million U.S. vehicles sold through the first nine months of the 2022 calendar year being either a Chevy Bolt, GMC Hummer EV, or Cadillac Lyriq. Moving forward, GM has partnered with LG Energy to construct several new battery production facilities in the U.S., the first of which, located in Ohio, began production last month.

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  • OMG!!! This is such exciting news, but I do have 2 questions. How is it possible that gm is able to mass produce this thing when they are only able to produce 2 ZO6's, FOR THE ENTIRE WOOOOORRRLD? Second question, do these things have a built-in fire suppression system, asking for the local fire department?

    • Maybe. Do Hyundai and Kia ICE vehicles have said fire suppression. After all there were over 3000 fires in those vehicles as opposed to less than 20 Bolts
      Gm can ot prodice the Bolt fast enough to meet demand The only ones on dealer lots are the ones that have not yet had a battery replacement
      Full disclosure, I drive a Bolt and love it

    • Hi. I recently purchased a new 2022 EUV in July. Is this car eligible for any incentives? I'm not too clear about this. Thanks for your feedback.

  • I’ll wager they don’t make it anywhere close to 70k. They got 2 bolt models with the same year to date sales numbers as last year. When will the Malibu get increased production, oh yeah the Malibu is not profitable but the dead bolt is!

    • TR:
      Yeah it will be interesting to see... My 1 1/2 year old BOLT EUV is still waiting for the new battery it was promised back then... They seriously have that much trouble manufacturing ONE battery?

      I also have a supposedly 'Very Available' Cadillac LYRIQ on a FIRM ORDER. It will be over 1/2 year before they finally decide to manufacture it..

      Of course, the 186 already made now need a new dashboard screen. Wonder how long that will push back production again?

      I thought GM was required to manufacture at least one or two vehicles to be able to afford Mary Barra?

  • Who is actually buying these plastic crap boxes? Don't get me wrong the interior of the Tesla model 3 and Y is total crap too. But the interior and overall size of the Bolt is just awful. They should have done or do more with the Malibu.

    • Turns out you don't speak for everyone, believe it or not. My wife loves the size of these and the fact we can put two car seats in the back easily, unlike her small car.

      Personally, it's not for me. But if she likes it who am I to say she is wrong? Sounds like you're that guy though.

    • I'm 6-2 and 250 and perfectly comfortable in my 2020 Bolt. Even after a round trip from Detroit to Florida and had no comfort or room issues. I love the car. The ONLY down side I found so far is the charging speed, even at Super Chargers. They should have fixed that in the newer models.

    • M, have you driven one? I doubt it. I'm 6 ft. 2 and love the interior and the perfect size for me. Great car for the masses.

  • Who will buy them? I don’t know anyone who wants one. I guess they can sell them to the nuts in CA.

    • Sorry, but I won’t be dictated to, especially regarding the vehicle I must drive, I am not a comrade.

        • And they own the refineries. We complain about subsidies yet we continue to subsidize the oil industry for every well they drill let alone what we spent on the military to keep the water ways open in the ME at the tune of hundreds of billion of dollars especially over the last N years. Yet they complain about the few billion used to promote the next thing. They may burn fuels but understand the world and so should we move on at a normal pace that steps forward while getting of the old stuff. If they don't like it then please throw out your tv and go back to tube tvs, throw out your streaming or dvd and go back to tape, throw out your cell phone which at one time btw was a brick size unit at 2k bought at first by the rich and go back to dial tones or better yet shared home phone service....they get the point. The world is moving on with or without us. We don't want to be left behind such that we rely on total outsourcing to have them when we must. While they continue to complain about high fuel prices driving around by 1 person in a f250 I will gladly buy an EV paying just $2 or less charging at home 98% of the time and saving....and if you have solar paying NOTHING once the recovery costs is done...and yes mine has after just 6 years. But hey what do we know....laughing out loud.

          • Home solar is a scam except for maybe in the SW, it never pays back in most of the country. And two short years ago we were energy independent before the current regime destroyed our energy industry and economy. We have plenty of domestic energy for our needs, hopefully we can start returning to the good times beginning next month. In the meantime I will keep my ICE vehicles.

  • I sure wish they would finish fixing all of the old battery issues. My 2020 still doesn't have it's battery replaced. They are claiming they don't have the new batteries. Of course not, they are going into the new ones.

  • I wish GM would finish fixing the bad batteries in the Bolts under warranty before they ship out 70,000 new ones. My 2020 still does not have the battery replaced under the warranty due to lack of batteries.

  • If the Bolt EUV at least had 100kW DC Fast Charger it would sell like hotcakes.
    Would be the perfect commuter vehicle. Unfortunately some people stretch their Budget to get more car than they actually need because they simply cannot have 50kW charging while on the go.
    I feel like GM is missing a HUGE opportunity to control the small EV market and to make the Bolt a nameplate with staying power well into the Future.

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