GM plans to resume production of its electric Chevy Bolt in April after production was halted to address a battery recall, according to reports from the Wall Street Journal and The Detroit News† The automaker originally predicted it wouldn’t start building Bolts until the end of January 2022.
“GM will resume production at its plant in Orion Township, MI, the week of April 4, 2022,” said GM spokesman Dan Flores in a statement obtained by The Detroit News† “We remain committed to Bolt EV and EUV and this decision allows us to simultaneously replace battery modules and quickly resume retail sales, which were strong before the recall.”
Recalls for the 2017-2019 Chevy Bolt began in 2020 after reports of the car catching fire, and they were recalled a second time last July. GM later extended the recall to all models of the Chevy Bolt in August after a 2020 model caught fire.
GM eventually traced the problem to defective LG Chem cells in the car’s batteries and stopped production altogether. LG Electronics agreed to reimburse GM for all costs related to the recalls, estimated by GM at approximately $2 billion. The automaker has since worked to replace battery modules in the more than 140,000 affected Chevy Bolts.