GM extends Bolt EV production halt for a third time

Bolt EV production
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General Motors (GM) has announced it will extend its production halt of the Bolt EV for another two weeks.

The production shutdown was originally planned to only last until mid-September, but that was later pushed to mid-October. Now the shutdown will last until at least the end of October.

According to the automaker, the additional time is needed to speed up production of new battery packs and also prioritize recall repairs.

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News of the extended halt comes just days after GM announced it had come to agreement with battery supplier LG Chem to reimburse them almost all of the $1.9 billion recall cost.

The company was forced to recall every single Bolt EV and Bolt EUV after two defects in the battery were discovered that could result in a fire.

If you are an owner of either vehicle, GM is advising not to park inside, not to charge over 90%, and not to deplete your battery under 70 miles (112km) of remaining charge.

They also don’t want you parking within 50 feet of other cars to avoid the risk of fire spreading to nearby vehicles until you receive one of the new battery packs.

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