The subsequent-generation Chevrolet Bolt EV might be constructed at a Kansas meeting plant beginning in 2025, Automotive Information reviews.
Normal Motors is contemplating whether or not to construct a “lower-cost model” of the Bolt EV at its Fairfax Meeting plant, the report stated, citing an nameless supply acquainted with the matter. The plant, which at present builds the Chevy Malibu and Cadillac XT4, is because of get a $391 million funding from GM, a part of $2 billion the automaker dedicated to future EV manufacturing in its tentative settlement with the United Auto Staff (UAW) union.
The identical supply indicated GM is contemplating constructing premium EVs for Cadillac and Chevy—together with a Corvette-badged EV—at its Lansing Grand River Meeting plant starting in 2027.
2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV
Fairfax Meeting does not, as of but, have a lithium-ion battery manufacturing unit introduced or deliberate for close by. Below its Ultium Cells LLC three way partnership with LG, GM has been planning battery factories close to meeting crops slated to construct EVs.
Nonetheless, Automotive Information notes that GM executives stated earlier this 12 months that the automaker sees some crops constructing EVs alongside internal-combustion autos whereas some go EV-only. A manufacturing unit splitting output between EVs and combustion-engine autos would have much less want for a devoted battery plant.
Normal Motors Ultium batteries
GM has already urged that the next-generation Bolt EV will use totally different battery cells versus different GM EVs—lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cells just like what a number of different automakers use in lower-priced fashions—together with Ford and Tesla. The Bolt EV may now not qualify for the full U.S. EV tax credit score utilizing LFP cells, because it might not be doable to fulfill new battery-sourcing guidelines, however with U.S. meeting it is likely to be OK for a few of it.
GM will discontinue the Bolt EV (and Bolt EUV) on the finish of this 12 months. It is confirmed that a Bolt EV substitute is coming, however with out specifying the timeline. The Bolt EV will use the Ultium platform, which refers to rather more than batteries—together with motors, propulsion programs, and the battery administration system.