Chevy Bolt EV production shutdown extended into April, but GM plans to restart sales soon

Bolt EV production
Credit: Paul Eisenstein

Last week there were rumours General Motors (GM) was going to make an announcement regarding the Chevy Bolt EV and EUV production shutdown.

The rumour was that production was going to restart for the first time in more than half a year following the discovery of a battery defect that could cause the cars to catch fire.

On Tuesday, GM did make an announcement, but instead it was to say the production shutdown is being extended until at least April 4, reports Reuters.

In a small bit of good news, the automaker did say they plan to resume sales of the electric hatchback soon.

GM did not provide a timeline or elaborate on how soon that will happen.

GM first shut down production of the Bolt EV and EUV in August 2021, which was only expected to last a few weeks.

That has now ballooned to more than half a year after the automaker was forced to recall and replace the battery packs in all 140,000+ EVs they have ever produced.

Battery supplier LG Energy Solutions has agreed to pay for the costs associated with the recall, which is estimated at nearly $2 billion.

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