American auto giant General Motors has announced the suspension of production of the Chevrolet Bolt and Bolt EUV electric vehicles at its Orion plant in Michigan. The company was forced to resort to such a drastic measure due to the lack of semiconductor components.
Mass production of the Chevrolet Bolt hatchback and the Bolt EUV electric crossover started recently, both models were announced only in February this year. GM, like other manufacturers, is experiencing significant difficulties caused by a global shortage of chips, but until recently the automaker was able to keep the lines for the production of these electric vehicles working.
Currently, GM has not made such announcements for only two models: the Hummer EV, which is due to start production later this year, and the Cadillac Lyriq, the first copies of this electric car should roll off the assembly line in early 2022. However, it can still change.
The production suspension at Orion’s Michigan plant is only slated for a week, August 23-30, but that may be enough to cause some disruption to the entire supply chain. A global shortage of semiconductor components affected five more GM plants, the production of which the company was also forced to adjust. We are talking about three factories in the United States, one in Canada and another in Mexico.
The suspension of production of electric vehicles of the Chevrolet Bolt family will be another blow to the model – just the day before, a massive recall of cars produced since 2017 was announced. This will lead GM to an estimated $ 1 billion in additional costs.