GM Halting Bolt Production Until LG Can Provide 'Defect-Free' Batteries
Sept. 1, 2021—General Motors confirmed it will not resume production of its Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV models in the immediate future.
GM recalled all units of its Bolt models—more than 140,000 total—last week due to a rare defect that caused a small number of the vehicles to catch fire, according to a report from Electrek. General Motors spokesman Dan Flores said the automaker is stopping production until its battery supplier, LG, can guarantee the defect has been removed.
“We will not resume repairs or restart production until we are confident LG is producing defect free products for us," Flores said.
Despite the setback, General Motors does not expect the recall to affect its relationship with LG, which will be producing batteries for GM's upcoming Hummer EV and Cadillac Lyriq.
General Motors' Orion Assembly plant, where the Bolt is made, had already been shut down temporarily due to the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage.