May 25, 2022

General Motors has finally resumed production of the Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV after several months of delay, according to The Detroit News.

The automaker halted vehicle production at its Orion assembly plant in Michigan last August after recalling more than 141,000 bolts due to a battery fire risk. GM has confirmed 18 bolt fires worldwide, which the automaker and its battery supplier LG Chem attribute to two manufacturing defects: a broken Enobe lug and a bent cage. As foreign minister, LG raised a $2 billion bill to cover the cost of the recall.

Supply chain issues have repeatedly delayed plant openings over the past seven months, beyond GM’s original plan to open in September. In October, GM began supplying replacement battery modules to dealers, where owners of a recalled Chevy Bolt could replace the old module with a new one, which the automaker continues to do to alleviate the supply shortage until the end. from the conveyor.

While Chevy Bolt was GM’s most popular electric vehicle brand, the automaker said last July that it would invest $35 billion to develop electric vehicles and automated technology by 2025. It will fund its Altium platform, EV core architecture, and batteries for next-generation EVs, including Hummer EVs, Chevrolet Silverados, Buick crossovers, and Cadillac Celestique and Lyrica (GM starts production of Lyric).

Also on Tuesday, GM said it would partner with Honda to build millions of affordable electric vehicles based on the Altium platform.

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