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GM’s Chevy Bolt EV and EUV are back in production after battery fire recall

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GM has resumed production of the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV and now has access to a stock of new battery packs that are supposed to be incendiary. This comes after the Chevrolet Bolt was recalled due to potential battery fires affecting all model years, leading to a complete shutdown of the Bolt EV and EUV vehicles since last August.

“Our goal is to get back to and, frankly, exceed business metrics,” Steve Majoros, Chevy’s VP of marketing, said in a press conference yesterday. The comeback plan for the Bolt includes catching up on new 2022 Bolt EV and EUV orders (2023 orders begin in July), a new TV ad campaign to coincide with Major League Baseball opening day, and the “huge task” to clean up all the batteries. to which the recall relates.

“We have a very, very good reliable supply to ensure we can meet all these current needs,” Majoros said of battery replacement. Majoros revealed that there are 6,700 Bolt vehicles in stock at dealers pending new batteries, and battery supply will be prioritized for current owners affected by the recall rather than unsold inventory.

Majoros did not comment on how many Bolt owners are still waiting for new batteries, how quickly they are replaced, or other statistics related to the recall. But when a customer gets a new battery, Chevy says it comes with an updated eight-year, 100,000-mile warranty, plus an extra 20 miles of range. The only other detail shared was that the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration is in close contact with GM regarding the status of the failed battery replacements.

GM’s original 2020 recall covered 68,000 Bolt EVs worldwide, but it later expanded to approximately 140,000 electric vehicles, affecting even the latest Bolt EUV. But Majoros says GM is “in a much better place” regarding the supply chain affecting the Bolt EV and EUV. The same can’t be said of Chevy’s Camaro sports car, which GM halted production this week due to unspecified supply chain issues.

The energy screen of the Bolt EUV.
Image: GM

Old batteries from the recalled bolts will be fully recycled or reused, according to GM’s Kevin Kelly, but it has not been disclosed how they will be recycled or whether the corrected battery packs share parts with the old ones. But Majoros did mention that the new batteries are not the same as the batteries used in GM’s Ultium battery platform, which are used with partner companies such as Honda and also in other GM electric vehicles such as the GMC Hummer EV, which can assure customers of those other vehicles.

The meeting also revealed that GM spends more on the Bolt EV and EUV than almost any other product in its lineup, including marketing and manufacturing. The company’s most expensive product is the Chevy Silverado pickup, which will soon have its own EV version. GM plans to produce twice as much of the larger EUV compared to the smaller hatch, according to Kelly. The Bolts will join the Cadillac Lyric and GMC Hummer EV as the company’s electric cars in active production.

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