Following the battery fires, GM will start producing the Bolt 2022 again from November 1

Following the battery fires, GM will start producing the Bolt 2022 again from November 1

The Chevrolet Bolt has gone through a series of recalls that halted production after reported battery fires. GM now confirms the resumption of production with new batteries and without any defect, which should increase GM’s sales and profits.

Following the battery fires, GM will start producing the Bolt 2022 again from November 1

Production under test

Chevrolet has confirmed that the Orion Assembly Plant will begin producing Bolts again, with 1,000 workers returning to the site starting Monday.  Part of the production will be included as courtesy cars for dealers and customers affected by battery problems. “This is limited production for a specific assignment,” said GM spokesman Dan Flores , noting that the vehicles built “… would support the recall-related needs of other customers and dealers.” GM will re-evaluate production after two weeks and decide whether to continue or pause again , according to Flores.

Following the battery fires, GM will start producing the Bolt 2022 again from November 1

Bolts production was halted at Orion Assembly on Aug. 23 to give GM and battery maker LG time to find a solution to the battery fire problem. The problem affected Chevrolet Bolts made from model years 2017 to 2022, and the company confirmed that there have been 13 fires since last year. Repairs to the recalled cars began earlier this month, and the vehicles received new battery modules to solve the problem.

Batteries without risk of fire

Flores said the new cars will have flawless batteries . With the recall, GM has stuck to its initial plans. The recalled cars are being refurbished with batteries produced by LG Chem, rather than GM converting to its own proprietary Ultium batteries that will be included in GMC Hummer and Cadillac Lyriq , among other vehicles.

LG also agreed to reimburse GM $ 1.9 billion to cover the cost of the recall effort, due to faulty battery modules supplied for the Bolt EV. GM highlighted the positive impact this had on its financial results for the third quarter.

GM hopes to recoup losses from Bolt withdrawals

With the cost of recall largely covered, and the company is confident that it now has safe batteries to fit in the Bolt, GM will be eager to put this problem in the past. If all goes well in the next few weeks, Bolt production is expected to start ramping up. With cars still in short supply on dealer lots, GM could soon begin to recoup costs by swapping out some units of its electric vehicle for the mass market.

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