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GM to Restart Chevrolet Bolt Production

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Oct. 27, 2021—General Motors on Tuesday said it will begin making a limited number of Chevrolet Bolt EVs to use as "courtesy loaner cars" for drivers affected by the Bolt recall.

GM will reopen its Orion Assembly plant Nov. 1, bringing back 1,000 workers to assemble 2022 Bolt EVs, according to the Detroit Free Press. The plant has been shut down since Aug. 23 due to an issue with battery packs in 2017-22 Bolt models that could cause fires.

“We are prioritizing customers based on their charging behavior and the dates on which their batteries were produced," GM spokesman Dan Flores said. "We’re a couple weeks into completing customers repairs and things are going smoothly, but obviously the focus is to ramp-up volume and repair more vehicles as quickly as we can.”

GM and LG earlier this month announced a fix to the affected battery packs, and Flores said the new models will have defect-free batteries.

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