Chevy Bolt EV, EUV Continue production after battery recall

Chevrolet’s two affordable EVs are being built again after last year’s recall because of faulty battery packs that could lead to fires. Chevy Bolt EV, EUV Resume Production after Battery Recall
Chevy Bolt EV, EUV Resume Production after Battery Recall

Production of the Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV restarted Monday at the Lake Orion assembly plant in Michigan.
The Bolt EV and EUV were recalled last year because of a manufacturing defect in a battery pack made by LG Energy Solution that could have caused a fire.
The Bolt duo stopped production in November, when GM issued an order to stop selling to fix the defective battery packs. The LG packages currently in use have been modified to fix the problem.
Last year, General Motors recalled its affordable EV car, the Chevrolet Bolt, and its crossover partner, the Bolt EUV, following multiple reports of battery fires. Production was halted in November and the sell-off order comes as GM and battery supplier LG Energy Solution are looking to fix it.

However, the new Bolts will now begin to operate back on the line again, with production of the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV continuing at the Lake Orion assembly plant in Michigan on Monday.

General Motors spokesman Dan Flores confirmed that production restarted yesterday, adding, “We are excited to restart production and we will continue to balance the amount of batteries available to produce new vehicles while continuing to prioritize recall repairs.” In total, about 140,000 bolts have been recalled because of some manufacturing defects in LG’s battery pack that can cause fires. GM has been working to repair the affected cars since battery production resumed last fall.

Since the third quarter of 2021, Chevrolet has delivered fewer than 400 Bolt EV and Bolt EUV vehicles. Only 25 were delivered in the fourth quarter of last year, while 358 Bolt EV and EUV were already home by 2022. This is down significantly from the 9,000 Bolts delivered in the first quarter of 2021. Now that production of the new Bolt is back underway, it will be interesting to see if sales recover. Chevrolet sold more than 24,000 Bolts in 2021 before the recall, but customers can now be wary of the Bolt EV and EUV. Several new EV models from other automakers have also been on sale since Bolt production ceased production, though none of the models could match the Bolt’s $32,495 starting price.

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