Chevy Bolt Production May Resume In April

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Despite rumors and reports hinting toward the Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV’s death, a new report from Reuters, claims that General Motors is planning to resume production and sales of the electric vehicles during the week of April 4. It’s good news for everyone, as GM’s Orion Assembly plant where the Bolt EV and EUV are built has been down in some capacity since last August.

Last August, GM recalled every Bolt EV and EUV ever made — the total count is for over 140,000 units — because of issues with battery modules that resulted in 18 confirmed fires globally. The issue stems from manufacturing defects from GM’s battery supplier LG. Chevrolet started to replace battery modules in all of the affected vehicles last fall. The cost of the recall is reported to be around $2 billion.

"We appreciate the patience customers have shown throughout the recall. While continuing to complete module replacements, GM will resume production at its Orion Township, MI, plant the week of April 4, 2022," GM spokesman Dan Flores said in a statement to The Detroit News. "We remain committed to Bolt EV and EUV and this decision will allow us to simultaneously replace battery modules and resume retail sales soon, which were strong before the recall."

GM hasn’t provided any information on how many battery modules it has replaced so far, but the automaker believes that it’s in a good position to continue replacing battery modules while manufacturing new models. Dealers that receive Bolt EV and EUV models after April 4 will be able to sell them to consumers immediately.

The news that Chevrolet plans to restart production of the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV comes after news of a massive $4 billion investment into the Orion plant so the automaker can build electric trucks there in 2024. Additionally, we heard that Chevrolet is working on a cheap electric car that will cost less than $30,000 and slot in underneath the upcoming electric Equinox SUV. While the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV are coming back in April, one can only wonder how long Chevrolet will continue to build these vehicles before it switches to electric cars that utilize GM’s Ultium batteries and platforms.

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

, Automotive Editor

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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