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

GM has resumed production of the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV and now has access to a supply of new battery packs that should be safe from fire hazards. This comes after the Chevrolet Bolt was recalled due to possible battery fires that affected all model years, resulting in a complete production stop on the Bolt EV and EUV vehicles since last August.

“Our goal is to get back to business metrics and even exceed them,” said Steve Majoros, Chevy’s vice president of marketing, at a press briefing yesterday. The comeback plan for the Bolt includes catching up on new Bolt EV and EUV orders for 2022 (orders for 2023 begin in July), a new TV ad campaign to coincide with Major League Baseball’s Opening Day, and the “Herculean task” to replace all recalled batteries.

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

Majoros didn’t comment on how many Bolt owners are still waiting for new batteries, how quickly they’ll be replaced, or other statistics related to the recall. But when a customer gets a new battery pack, Chevy says it comes with an upgraded warranty of eight years, 100,000 miles, plus an additional 20 miles of range. The only other detail shared was that the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration is in close communication with GM on the status of the failed battery replacements.

GM’s original 2020 recall Including 68,000 Bolt EVs worldwide but later grown to around 140,000 of the electric vehicles, which even affects the latest Bolt EUV. But Majoros says GM is “in a much better position” in terms of the supply chain that affects Bolt EV and EUV. The same is not true for Chevy’s Camaro sports car, for the GM stopped production this week due to unspecified issues in the supply chain.

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The Bolt EUV energy screen.
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Old batteries from the recalled Bolts will be fully recycled or reused, according to GM’s Kevin Kelly, but it hasn’t disclosed how they will be reused and whether the corrected battery packs share any parts with the old ones. But Majoros mentioned that the new batteries are not the same as those used in GMs Ultium battery platformthat are used with Partner companies like Honda and also in other GM electric vehicles like the GMC Hummer EV, which can insure customers of those other vehicles.

The meeting also revealed that GM spends more on 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 will also soon have its own EV version. According to Kelly, GM plans to make twice as many of the larger EUV compared to the smaller hatch. The Bolts will be actively in production alongside Cadillac Lyric and GMC Hummer EV as the company’s electric vehicle offerings.

https://www.theverge.com/2022/4/7/23013855/chevy-bolt-ev-euv-production-resumes-battery-fix-recall GM’s Chevy Bolt EV and EUV are back in production following the battery fire recall

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