General Motors is gearing up to launch a new generation for the all-electric Chevy Bolt EV, and it may be built at the GM Fairfax plant in Kansas following a round of fresh investments. The current-generation Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV are produced at the GM Lake Orion plant in Michigan. GM CEO Mary Barra confirmed the next-gen Bolt’s development over the summer.
As reported by Reuters, which cites an unnamed source familiar with the matter, GM is considering production of the next-generation Chevy Bolt EV at the GM Fairfax plant around the 2025 timeframe. Details of GM’s future investments were outlined in a recent summary of GM’s new tentative contract agreement with the UAW labor union released over the weekend, which includes a $391 million investment for the GM Fairfax facility.
Additionally, the agreement includes a $1.25 billion investment for the GM Lansing Grand River plant in Michigan, which is expected to include upgrades to produce the forthcoming Chevy Corvette EV and all-electric Cadillac sedan models, which may begin production around 2027. The investment outline lays out a total of $13.3 billion earmarked for GM’s U.S. facilities. GM declined to comment on the agreement or forthcoming product details, but indicated specifics would be provided at a later date.
The GM Fairfax facility currently produces the Chevy Malibu and Cadillac XT4. The future of the facility was previously unclear, as no new product has been confirmed for the plant thus far. The Cadillac XT4 was refreshed for the 2024 model year, and is expected to stick around for at least another two to three years before it is eventually replaced by an all-electric vehicle (likely the Cadillac Optiq) ahead of the luxury marque’s full EV transition by 2030.
It’s likely that GM has considered the Fairfax facility for production of the next-gen Chevy Bolt EV for some time now, but has yet to provide an official announcement. Another possible choice for North American production would be the GM Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico, which produces the gas-powered Chevy Blazer and Chevy Equinox in addition to the Chevy Blazer EV. The facility will also start building the Chevy Equinox EV and GM Ultium-based Honda Prologue.