GM will extend the closure of Chevy Bolt’s plans by three weeks

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WASHINGTON – General Motors Friday confirmed will still stop production at its Orion Assembly Michigan facility, which makes it 2022 Chevrolet Bolt, for another three weeks.

The largest US carmaker in August enlarged his call back of the bolt to more than 140,000 vehicles to be replaced battery modules and to address fire hazards after a series of fires.

GM said the plant, which shut down production in August after the battery recall, now has a targeted return to production date of December 5. 6. The new three-week production break will begin on November 15th.

Late last month, GM said it would conduct limited production for two weeks in Orion starting in November. 1 to help optimize battery production and supply chain repair logistics, including the provision of vehicles to be used as courtesy transportation for customers during recall repairs.

GM said Friday that “battery module replacement remains the priority. We will continue to adjust the Orion production schedule moving forward to better support the recall.”

GM Chairman Mark Reuss said last month that the company is addressing the recall before resuming production of new vehicles.

GM has suspended sales of new bolts. Reuss said GM must certify Bolt vehicles on dealer lots before they can be sold, but he didn’t say when sales might start.

GM revealed in October that its battery partner, South Korea’s LG Electronics, had agreed to reimburse it for $2 billions in estimated costs and expenses associated with bolt recall.

GM and LG Energy Solution are building two battery plants in the United States as a joint venture.

(Reported by David Shepardson; edited by Jonathan Oatis)

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