Chevy restarts Bolt production and aims to set sales record this year

Gordon Chevrolet in Garden City delivered its first 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV to a customer last week — after an eight-month dry spell.

The Bolt had a stop-sale on it as part of a global recall GM made last summer due to defective batteries that posed a fire risk. GM stopped building new Bolts late last year to focus on fixing the batteries in 2017-22 model vehicles in that recall.

But now that GM has the fix under control and enough new batteries to also restart production, there is pent-up consumer demand, said Gordon Stewart, owner of Gordon Chevrolet. Car buyers are especially interested in the SUV styling of the Bolt called the EUV.

“We’re going to be fine once they get production volume up,” Stewart said. “I don’t know if the Bolt is as well-known as we wish it was. People have to see them on the road, so they have to build up the desire. But it’s going to be a fine car.”

GM recognizes the task it faces to transition the long-idled Orion Assembly plant in Orion Township where GM builds the Bolt to full-out production as well as to get the EV back in the car buyer’s psyche after the widely publicized recall that affected 140,000 Bolts worldwide.