2023 Chevy Bolt Refuses To Die, Order Books Still Open for at Least Another Month

Orders for the Redline Edition package of the 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV will close on September 14, as GM wants production of its veteran EWVs to continue through December. Initially, Chevrolet announced that the order book for the 2023 model tear would close in August, with production ending in November.
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Although General Motors regularly promises to surpass Tesla in the US market, its EV production is limping along hopelessly. The only bright spot is the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV, its oldest EV models resurrected from the dead to spearhead the GM EV future. After the battery fire fiasco, Bolt shouldn't have been alive in the first place, with its position on the production line replaced by the Chevrolet Silverado EV and GMC Sierra EV.

As is often the case, fate took an unexpected twist, so the Chevy Bolt would continue its career long after it was supposed to exit the stage. In an earlier article, I speculated that Chevy Bolt was the beneficiary of free batteries from LGES following the battery recall. There's no other explanation for Chevrolet's frenetic move to increase Bolt's production while at the same time complaining that under $40,000 EVs are unprofitable. Selling at about $27,000, the Bolt could never be profitable unless such a deal was made between GM and LGES.

That's why, instead of ending production in early November as planned, the Chevrolet Bolt will continue its career for at least another month. This also means that the order books will remain open beyond the August 17 deadline announced earlier. The carmaker is reluctant to end its production since the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV are currently the best-sold electric vehicles in the GM lineup. Especially as production of Ultium-based EVs is still struggling to pick up pace.

It's unclear how long it will take until GM pulls the plug on the Bolt, but prospective buyers now have at least another month to order their very affordable EV. New information from GM Authority reveals that Chevrolet will stop taking more orders for the Bolt EUV Redline Edition after September 14. This doesn't mean you can't order the Bolt EUV anymore, just that you won't be able to order it with the Redline Edition package after that date. The last car with the package will be built during the week starting on November 20.

The latest decision to extend the Chevy Bolt's career makes it one of the longest production runs for a model year. The 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV and 2023 Chevrolet Bolt EUV production started in July 2022. This means ending production in December will result in a 17-month production run. The electric models that defied expectations will later be converted to use Ultium batteries and motors, as announced by GM CEO Mary Barra. This doesn't mean a completely new model but rather a redesign with newer technology. Still, given how GM struggles with Ultium production, it's not necessarily a good thing.
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About the author: Cristian Agatie
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After his childhood dream of becoming a "tractor operator" didn't pan out, Cristian turned to journalism, first in print and later moving to online media. His top interests are electric vehicles and new energy solutions.
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