GM will not make new Bolt EVs until at least the end of January 2022.

General Motors will not make any new Chevy Bolt EVs until at least the end of January 2022. The carmaker will instead focus on replacing the more than 140,000-bolt batteries that were recalled after a fire earlier this year.

The company said in a statement Thursday that the Bolt production line at GM’s Orion assembly plant in Michigan would remain closed “until the week of January 24, 2022”. “We will keep employees informed of any additional production schedule adjustments in a timely manner, as we will continue to focus on changing battery modules.”

GM has already said it will not make any more bolts for the rest of this year, although Thursday’s announcement has put things more precisely on date. But it is possible that the shutdown will continue after that, given how the recall has gone down in history. Either way, it leaves GM in a strange place where it is being hailed by President Biden for “leading the world in electric vehicles” while no one is currently selling in the United States. Is. (The Bolt is the only EV the company currently has to offer in the state, at least until new vehicles such as the GMC Hummer EV, Cadillac Lyriq, and others begin shipping in the next few months.)

GM originally recalled the 2017-2019 model year Chevy Bolts in November 2020 after a few reported fires. In May of this year, it announced plans to install new software on these old bolts (and the new 2022 version to be launched this year) that would help prevent fires. But the software didn’t work, and so GM released another reminder in July. Bolt caught fire in August after a new model year, GM recalled all Bolt EVs that have been made so far and production has stopped.

Both GM and LG, its suppliers, have been working since September to develop fault-free batteries, and the carmaker has been bolting them since October. LG is paying GM about ً 2 billion to cover the cost of the return. GM made a small number of bolts with new batteries in early November to be used as lenders for recall-affected customers.

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