The Chevy Bolt was supposed to be a game-changing vehicle, but so far, it’s followed the same old disappointing storyline. By all accounts, it’s an excellent EV, but GM will probably produce just enough to satisfy those pesky government regulations. Or will it? The company recently took out full-page ads in major newspapers for the Bolt, something that’s probably a first for any EV.
Now there’s a rumor afoot that GM plans to double Bolt production after the scheduled summer shutdown at its Orion Township factory.
Don Lockrey wrote on the Chevy Bolt EV Owners Group on Facebook (via InsideEVs): “I work at the factory. We added an extra week for shutdown because of slowing sales for the Sonic, I’m assuming because of gas prices. Another reason for the extra week was to complete bank systems and re do the assembly line to INCREASE Bolt production. The jobs are all set to produce Bolts on a 2 Sonics, 1 Bolt mix. They are changing the mix to a 50/50 split, which requires adjustments.”
InsideEVs speculates that production of the Bolt could double when the factory reopens in August. GM has been building up inventories of the Bolt, as the new EV becomes available nationwide. It might be increasing production because of a backlog of open orders…or not – we’ll cross our fingers, wait and see.