Friday, 19 November 2021 10:21

Chevrolet Bolt EV, Bolt EUV Plant Down for Rest of the Year

Written by Dan Mihalascu, Inside EVs

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General Motors’ Orion Assembly plant where the Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV are made will remain down the rest of the year.

Initially, GM said the factory would take a break for three weeks between Nov. 15 and Dec. 3. However, the carmaker confirmed Nov. 18 the plant in Orion Township, MI, would not build any vehicles this year as it continues to work through a recall on the two EVs.


“GM has notified employees at Orion Assembly the plant will take downtime for the remainder of the 2021 calendar year," said GM spokesman Dan Flores in a statement for The Detroit News. "This decision will enable us to continue prioritizing recall repairs. We will continue to inform employees at the appropriate time of any additional production schedule adjustments in early 2022, as we continue to focus on battery module replacements.” 


Production at Orion Assembly was first halted the week of Aug. 23 after GM announced a recall of all Bolt EVs and EUVs for potential battery fire risk. GM is prioritizing replacing those recalled Bolts---a total of 141,000---with new battery modules.


In early November, General Motors restarted production for two weeks to build replacement cars for customers having their Chevrolet Bolts fixed. Production went down again the week of Nov. 15 with the announcement it would resume Dec. 3.


Obviously, that is not the case anymore. In a Nov. 18 note to employees obtained by The Detroit News, Orion plant director Reuben Jones did little to appease workers’ concerns for the future.


"Beyond 2021, our production schedule continues to be dictated by what is needed to help the customers affected by the recall, as opposed to filling orders for new vehicles,” Jones said in the note. 


The statement could lead one to believe production may not resume come Jan. 1.


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