Chevy Bolt EV Production Stopped Till 2022

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, Automotive Editor - November 19, 2021

After General Motors announced its recall affecting all Chevrolet Bolt EVs and Bolt EUVs ever made, the automaker halted production of the electric cars at its Orion Assembly plant. Production of the EVs was halted around August 23 and was restarted for two weeks in November before shutting down again on November 15. Chevrolet hasn’t been producing the Bolt EV and Bolt EUVs since then and a report from The Detroit News claims that the plant will be shut down for the rest of the year.

GM spokesman Dan Flores confirmed the news in a statement to the outlet, saying that “GM has notified employees at Orion Assembly the plant will take downtime for the remainder of the 2021 calendar year.”

The decision to keep the plant shut will allow GM to prioritize the necessary recall repairs it has to make to the battery modules in the electric cars. Chevrolet has quite a few battery modules to replace, as the recall for the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV affects more than 141,000 vehicles. Without having to worry about fulfilling new vehicle orders, Chevy can instead focus on producing and replacing battery modules.

Chevrolet doesn’t have a concrete plan for when production of the two electric vehicles will start again. In the same statement, Flores claimed that the automaker would inform employees of any changes to the vehicles’ production schedule in early 2022. Orion Plant Director Reuben Jones said that the production schedule of the two vehicles after 2021 will be dictated by what affected customers need instead of filling new vehicle orders.

Originally, Chevrolet issued a recall for the Bolt EV after five models caught fire. The recall was expanded to include all Bolt EVs and Bolt EUVs ever made after two of the repaired models caught fire. The issue with the vehicles includes manufacturing defects in the battery modules GM receives from supplier LG. The fix, which is reported to cost roughly $1.8 billion, will see GM replace the battery module in affected vehicles.

For consumers looking to purchase a new Bolt EV or Bolt EUV, this is unfortunate news, as the waiting period for a new model to arrive at a dealership could be a few months. The Bolt EV and Bolt EUV are some of the better electric cars on the market and the 2022 Bolt EV received a full redesign for the model year, while the Bolt EUV is an all-new model.

This is the right decision on Chevrolet’s part, as owners were left wondering what the issue was and without an official answer on a fix for a long time. Some owners and dealers thought that Chevrolet would conduct a mass buyback for the affected electric vehicles, but GM shot that idea down pretty quickly, considering buybacks on a case-by-case basis.

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Pictured: 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV (Top), 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV (Middle)

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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