GM to boost Bolt EV production at Orion plant
A 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV makes its way down the assembly line during production of the vehicle at the General Motors assembly plant in Lake Orion in this Dec. 6, 2016 file photo.(Photo: David Guralnick / The Detroit News, file)Buy Photo
General Motors Co. intends to increase production of the Chevrolet Bolt EV at its Orion Assembly Plant later this year in response to increasing global demand for the battery-electric car.
GM sold about 26,000 Bolt EVs globally in 2017, driven largely by U.S. consumers who bought 23,297 of the battery-electric compact crossovers. The Bolt became available nationwide in August.
But the Detroit automaker saw high demand for the Bolt in Mexico, Canada, the Middle East and Korea last year, driving the push to increase capacity at the increasingly crucial Orion Assembly Plant. The plant in Orion township also produces GM’s test-autonomous vehicles, which are essentially Bolt EVs equipped with lidar sensors. And at least two of the 20 new all-electric vehicles GM promises to introduce by 2023 will be built on the Bolt’s platform.
“Increased Bolt EV production benefits our customers around the world, our dealers and our employees, who are proud to build an affordable, ground-breaking vehicle that our customers love,” Mary Barra wrote in her prepared remarks for a Cambridge Energy Research Associates conference in Houston on Wednesday, where she announced the intention to ramp up production.