It is no secret that General Motors has big plans when it comes to electric vehicles, but it remains to be seen what part the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV will have to play.
The Bolt EV was once touted as the electric vehicle that GM needed to topple Tesla but it never sold in huge numbers. It is now the subject of a recall due to risks of fire and production of the Bolt EV and EUV models have been paused for many months while the company works through the recall. Indeed, Chevy has only built a handful since August 2021.
GM’s factory in Orion Township, Michigan is the exclusive home of the Bolt twins and the automaker recently confirmed that its forthcoming electric Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra will be built at the same site.
Speaking with CNN, GM spokesperson Dan Flores confirmed that the Bolt EV and EUV will continue to exist while the carmaker upgrades the factory. What its future holds after that is unclear.
“Production of the Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV will continue during the plant’s conversion activities to prepare the facility for production of the Silverado EV and Sierra EV pickups,” Flores said. “We are not disclosing any additional information at this time about Bolt EV or Bolt EUV production.”
Flores added that production at the Orion site will be “down through February” and that a decision on when to resume operations has yet to be made.
Interestingly, while many people believe that pricing is a key hurdle that needs to be overcome for electric vehicle sales to soar, forthcoming EVs being launched by GM over the coming years will all be more expensive than the Bolt. For example, prices for the GMC Hummer EV start at around $80,000, while the Cadillac Lyriq kicks off at $59,000 and the Silverado EV will initially launch with a $105,000 variant.