GM temporarily stops making the Chevy Bolt after latest recall

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General Motors is halting production of the Chevy Bolt EV after a number of battery fires prompted a massive recall that has already cost the company nearly $2 billion. The automaker won’t resume making the 2022 Bolt and Bolt EUV until at least mid-September. It had initially stopped production last week because of the global chip shortage.

The recall repair process is also on hold, as GM is still waiting to get new battery modules from its supplier, South Korean conglomerate LG, that it is confident are free of defects. “We will not resume repairs or restart production until we are confident LG is producing defect free products for us,” GM spokesman Daniel Flores said in a statement to The Verge.

It’s the latest blow to one of the most capable and competitively priced electric vehicles on the market, and it comes as GM is getting ready to dramatically increase the number of EVs in its lineup. Those new EVs will also be powered by batteries from LG, which makes the cells that GM identified as the cause of the fires in the Bolt. GM CEO Mary Barra told Bloomberg late last week, though, that the recall will not affect companies’ plan to keep collaborating on EV batteries — despite GM saying it plans to make LG pay for the recall.

GM first recalled 2017–2019 Chevy Bolts in November 2020 after a handful of fires had been reported. But it wasn’t until May 2021 that the company explained it would attempt to prevent future fires by installing new software on those older Bolts as well as on all new models being made. That fix didn’t work, though, as at least two more Bolts caught fire by July that had the new software. GM issued a second recall and also finally started to share that it believed certain defects in the cells were causing the fires.

Then, on August 20th, just days after a 2020 Bolt caught fire, GM issued a third recall for all Bolt EVs ever made — some 140,000 — including the two new 2022 versions that launched this year.

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I suspect you’ve never driven a Bolt. This is not the first battery recall, and it won’t be the last. I am confident that there will be a resolution, and that it will continue to be a very good car.

Every. Single. One. Recalled. Costing them probably 5 to 10 times the gross margin they would have liked to have on it, but most likely never reached..
(And I am making more fun of the stupid headlines back in the day than of GM.)

And no, when it came out they barely delivered any Opel Ampera (Chevy Bolt over here) in Germany and when I might have been able to try one I already knew it’s crap (value [before discounts]) – therefore I have only driven the following EVs: Renault Zoe, Hyundai Kona, Nissan Leaf, VW ID4, Opel Mokka E, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Skoda Enyaq and Tesla Model 3 (duh).

Oh. And Mach-E – just as bad value as everything else apart from Tesla.

Drove a Model 3, felt like I had to fight the car each time to do what I wanted to do. Plus it’s tiny compared to what I’d want.

fascinating

I’m curious as to why you had to fight the car, because I’ve never driven a Model 3 and I know almost nothing about them.

I’m also in the market for a car since mine got totaled in a recent accident, and gas prices are getting so ridiculous now that I’m considering buying my first EV.

I’m also in the market for a car since mine got totaled in a recent accident, and gas prices are getting so ridiculous now that I’m considering buying my first EV.

Similar situation Maybe it’s the settings on the car, I was driving and at potential sign of a crosswalk or a stop sign it was slowing down. No I thought it was the auto pilot feature so I tried turning it off. I still had to fight it. I think the quality of it is fine for Tesla but the model three size is for a Corolla and I want one is a Camry. Fighting each way was something I did not expect.

Sorry I know this text feel gabled (thanks Dictation) but in short stomping when I didn’t want to stop and being smaller than I expected made me think twice.

Interesting. Well, Tesla’s whole setup there sounds way more complicated than it has to be. And I can totally understand wanting/needing a bigger vehicle. Some people have several kids for whom a small car wouldn’t really work.

Your snide comments aside I can assure you the car is quite nice. Spacious, capable of carrying the cargo and people I need, excellent efficiency, and the price was nice, to say nothing of the fact that android auto is much better than Tesla for my needs. Oh and it doesn’t have a software mode where it drives into emergency vehicles on the side of the road.

LG is the one covering most of the cost of the recall. GM will have to pay a little but the bulk will come from LGs warranty.

The US snub of Tesla in support of unions shows we’re not ready to fully convert to EV just yet.

Right, keep the working man down. We should all be slaves to a billionaires megalomaniacal need not to have safety features in a manufacturing floor. And how dare anyone tell him he can’t make workers come in during a pandemic! Don’t they know Iron Man is trying to save the world?

The US snub of Tesla in support of unions

Not sure what the fuck this means honestly??

I leased bolt for 3 years. It was great to drive and I loved the low maintenance.
The headroom was great for me, being 6’2". The driver seat position was weird. The touch screen was great and simple to use. If it hung, you could just long press it to reboot the UI for it.

I did have times I would find it making noise while re-charging on my level 2 charger and the body would become hot. prior to my unplugging it. My lease was up before the recalls started on it.

I think the other issue here is that the platform for new Bolts is a tech dead end as they are using a totally different platform for all their other EV models. Not a good sign for the Bolt.

Same thing that killed off my beloved volt

What killed your Volt? Getting hot while charging, or just the fact that they quit selling them. (saying this as a Ford C-Max Energi owner).
My C-Max has a lot of things Ford could have done better, but I love the car. Not sure if I will go full electric next time, or another PHEV.

The fact that the platform was not shared with any other vehicles.

Unfortunate news. Glad they’re taking the problem seriously though, given GM’s prior record with dangerous faults.

2 billion down the drain… that’s gotta sting. This ev future will probably be delayed a bit unless everyone can build non-exploding batteries.

I’m just gonna say it: GM is not a good company. They happen to make a few great performance cars for the money; V-series, corvette, camaro. And that’s about it. I don’t think the average consumer should bother with their cars.

After having suffered thru owning a couple of GM’s cars, I sadly have to agree.
My Camaro was all right, but my Buick had serious issues.
Tho my Ford was worse than both of them.

Whatever dude….

Look, this is a big ol’ red mark on GM’s EV rollout. No way to sugarcoat it. Will the Bolt nameplate be able to recover? Not sure…

But stating GM is garbage, well you don’t know the history of the car industry or GM. Every manufacturer has put out a trash model, or a model that was not ready for the tech or engine of the period. And when you have a history of vehicles like GM, there is going to be a few.

Like shutting down cylinders in the hope of fuel economy – just never a good idea. No one is saying buy any of those.

But GM has made some great automobiles, reliable automobiles, and not just the halo cars you had to name. Their trucks and SUVs have many examples out there where people have been happy.

Beyond the LS line of V8s you have anything derived from the that Buick/3800 v6, and the old Saturn 4s were basically bulletproof.

Every automaker has its disciples and its haters, but what I never get from these comment threads is why so many people think the only way their favorite nameplate can win is if they put down some supposed rival manufacturer. How good a Tesla is has nothing to do with the Bolt or the Leaf or whatever.

The truth is we live in the best era of new vehicles in the history of the automobile, and we live in a time when almost every new vehicle has an expiration date where they will need to be scrapped or recycled.

Initial reliability and accoutrements are so good that even the cheap cars are so decked out they put the midlevels from 10-15 years ago to shame. As the same time, except for some full-size truck-based models, or some exclusive cars, manufacturers really don’t expect these vehicles to be on the road long enough to get collector plates thrown on (20 years). You are more likely

You misunderstand, I don’t think GM is a bad company because of this car alone. I’m not even trying to claim that GM was at no point a good company (they absolutely were, I agree). I’m saying this doesn’t particularly surprise me, because my experience and the experiences of plenty of others I know with GM cars over the past ~15 years has not been good. I’m not even a hater, I love American car brands and cars in general. Its not like I take pleasure from the fact that GM’s quality control has been atrocious lately, but just because you want something to succeed doesn’t mean you blatantly ignore all of its problems.

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