General Motors is temporarily pausing production of the Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV models. Production will be halted until Sept. 6th due to a massive global recall involving Bolt battery fires.
The Lake Orion, Michigan assembly plant was idled this week due to an ongoing global shortage of semiconductor parts. This issue is impacting most automakers and is not unusual at this point. However, GM is taking the step of extending the downtime from Aug. 30th to Sept. 6th due to the battery-related recall. The Detroit Free Press reports GM has a shortage of batteries due to the ongoing recall, requiring them to idle the plant longer.
Around 1,000 hourly workers build the Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV models at Orion Assembly. The plant also build test units of the Cruise AV.
Bolt battery supplier LG Chem and GM are still investigating why 10 Bolt EV’s have caught fire. It is believed the issue is caused by some form of battery manufacturing defect, driving GM to recall all 141,000 Bolt EV’s ever built. The latest recall even includes the 2022 Bolt EV and EUV models. GM is also providing an eight year or 100,000 mile warranty on the replacement battery pack.
GM expects the total cost of this recall to be around $1.8 billion. The automaker is working with LG Chem to share some of the costs. The two entities plan to build four new join-venture battery manufacturing plants in the U.S. in the coming years.