Chevrolet to stop Bolt EV/EUV production for 3 weeks, starting Nov. 15, 2021

Chevrolet to stop Bolt EV/EUV production for 3 weeks, starting Nov. 15, 2021

Chevrolet, one of the most popular car brands owned American automobile giant General Motors, has reiterated that production of the all-electric Bolt EV and Bolt EUV will be brought to a halt for three weeks, starting 15th of November.

The production of Chevrolet Bolt EV/EUV was recently resumed (on 1st of November) at the company’s Orion Assembly facility in Orion Township in Michigan, but only temporarily. As per the manufacturer’s latest announcement, it will last for just around two weeks.

It may be noted here that the popular car brand was forced to recall a large number of the Bolt EV/EUV vehicles earlier this year after the manufacturer was flooded with complaints about battery fire incidents involving the vehicles.

LG Energy Solution, the supplier of the problematic batteries, has already restarted production of the battery cells at its Holland and Hazel Park-based manufacturing facilities. The new battery cells and modules are to be used to replace existing defective cells and modules in existing vehicles. However, some of them will be used to produce new vehicles. But, EV manufacturer has thus far failed to ensure smooth resumption of the two EVs. The main reason behind the on/off production of the Bolt EV/EUV is inadequate supply of batteries. As the manufacturer is giving priority to the battery recall, production of new EVs will run only at restricted speed to to help optimize LG battery output.

In a newly released statement, Chevrolet said, “Prioritizing battery module replacements for existing customers has led to a shortage of battery parts for new-vehicle production. GM notified employees at Orion Assembly that the plant will take downtime from Nov. 15 to Dec. 3. Production is slated to resume Dec. 6.”

The massive recall affected nearly 142,000 vehicles worldwide, with the United States alone accounting for around 100,000 units. The massive recall covered all units of the Bolt EV produced since 2017, and all units of the 2022 Bolt EUV. The battery fire issue even prompted Chevrolet to advise owners of the two affected vehicles not to park their vehicles at least 50 feet away from other vehicles so that other vehicles don’t catch fire.

The full battery-related recall of the Chevrolet Bolt EV/EUV was announced on 20th of August, when the carmaker blamed manufacturing defects in lithium-ion battery cells (torn anode tabs and folded separator) for the fires involving the EVs. Estimated cost of the recall has been reported at $2 billion, mostly of which will be covered by LG Energy Solution.