GM pauses Bolt and Bolt EUV production due to semiconductor shortages


The global silicon shortage has finally come for the Chevy Bolt.

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Just like the Carpenters’ second best song, General Motors has only just started production of the new Bolt and Bolt EUV, but will have to stop production due to global semiconductor shortages, according to a report by Automotive News on Thursday.

The General has so far been able to avoid interruptions to electric car production at his Orion plant, but now the Bolt suffers the same fate as many other vehicles in the GM family, albeit, interestingly, not that Hummer EV or the Cadillac Lyriq, with the former slated to hit the market this year and the latter slated for early 2022.

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According to GM, the shutdown of the Orion plant will only last a week – from August 24th to August 30th – but that’s likely enough to cause all kinds of disruptions later. According to GM representatives, GM is reducing production in a number of other facilities in addition to the Orion plant:

  • Lansing Delta Township Assembly, Michigan, which is building the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave, will add an additional two weeks of downtime in the weeks of August 23 and August 30. This plant was scheduled to resume production on Monday, August 16th and has been down since Monday, July 19th.

  • Spring Hill Assembly, Tennessee, which is building the Cadillac XT5, Cadillac XT6, and GMC Acadia, will require two weeks of downtime between August 23 and August 30. We expect Spring Hill to resume production in the week of September 6th.

  • Ramos Assembly, Mexico, will require two weeks of downtime for Chevrolet Blazer production between August 23 and August 30. In addition, the plant will add an additional two weeks of downtime for Chevrolet Equinox production in the weeks of September 6th and September 13th. Equinox production has been in decline since August 16th.

  • Lansing Grand River Assembly (Michigan) will continue to shut down production of the Cadillac CT4 and CT5 through September 13th. Production on the CT4 and CT5 has been declining since May 10th and should resume production on August 30th, but production is now expected to resume in the week of September 20th.

Bolt’s production stop is a shame, especially when combined with GM’s other recent announcement that it would replace the faulty battery modules in many Bolt electric vehicles in 2017-2022 at a cost of over $ 1 billion.

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