Vermont State Police released this photo of the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV that caught fire on July 1, 2021 in the driveway of state representative Timothy Briglin, a Democrat.
Vermont State Police
Detroit – General Motors’ Chevrolet Bolt EVs continue to sideline car production.
The company has stopped manufacturing at a Michigan plant since Aug. 23 so it could focus on making the necessary battery modules for the recalled vehicles. The company said Wednesday it has extended Bolt’s downtime at the Orion Assembly plant in Detroit’s suburbs by two more weeks until Nov. 1.
At least 13 bolts – the company’s flagship mainstream EV – could catch fire spontaneously due to manufacturing errors, prompting GM to recall every electric vehicle since production began in 2016.
Production problems at LG Battery Solutions factories in South Korea and Michigan. According to GM, the “rare production error” in the Bolt EV is a ruptured anode tab and folding divider that increase the risk of fire if present in the same battery cell.
The carmaker’s battery supplier, LG Chem, earlier this month began shipping replacement modules for battery packs for more than 1,000,000 Bolt EVs.
GM announced Tuesday that it has reached an agreement with the automaker and LG battery supplier to reimburse the automaker for recall costs. As a result of the deal, GM will recognize an estimated recovery in the third quarter that will offset 1. 1.9 billion to 2.0 billion in recall-related charges.
Separately, GM said Wednesday that production of the Chevrolet Equinox at the Ramos Assembly in Mexico would take an additional three weeks of downtime by the week of November 15 due to a global shortage of semiconductors.
Production of the Chevrolet Equinox in Mexico has been declining since August 16, when assemblies of the plant-produced Chevrolet Blazer are expected to resume next week.