Over the last year, automakers have faced an on onslaught of supply chain challenges – especially in the realm of EV battery materials. GM, it would appear, is no exception as the company is once again extending its production halt on the Chevy Bolt EV to April, due to limited battery availability.
Unfortunately, it’s been a tough year for the Chevy Bolt EV, as the automaker is still working to fulfill replacement modules following a significant recall due to potential fire risk. While production teams focus their efforts on replacing those recalled vehicles, GM is reportedly confident that it should be able to restart sales of the Chevy Bolt EV soon.
For those unfamiliar, the recall of 140,000 Bolt vehicles was attributed to a battery defect that caused several cars to catch on fire while charging. In response to this, GM announced plans to replace LG battery modules in all 2017 and 2022 Bolt EVs and 2022 Bolt EUVs last August. In addition to the replacements, GM also released a new software update which “limited the state-of-charge in order for it not to exceed 90 per cent or below 70 miles.” The automaker also asked Bolt EV drivers to not charge their vehicles overnight or park inside after charging, in an effort to limit risk while GM awaited new batteries from LG.
With the demands of the recall in mind, the initial production halt came as no surprise, with GM initially announcing plans to restart regular production in late January 2022. Unfortunately, January has come and gone, and GM appears to still have some hurdles to overcome before Bolt EV sales can restart.