General Motors Halts Bolt Production to Accelerate Latest EV Models

General Motors aims to produce 70,000 Bolt models in 2023. The company plans to sell over 400,000 EVs in North America from early 2022 through mid-next year.”

In an announcement, General Motors CEO Mar Barra said the company plans to stop production of its electric Chevrolet Bolt models by the end of 2023.

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The CEO announced that they would refurbish a suburban Detroit plant. The plant has been producing Chevy Bolts since 2016. The company will prepare it for the production of electric Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks scheduled for next year.

General Motors aims to produce 70,000 Bolt models in 2023. The company plans to sell over 400,000 EVs in North America from early 2022 through mid-next year.

General Motors pushed the production of Bolt ahead of the Tesla Model 3 in 2016. Bolt and Tesla were thought to be the first long-range electric vehicles (EVs) for mainstream drivers. Their prices start at around $35,000.

But Bolt models never stood on sales expectations of the company, as EV sales remained very low against Tesla. The Bolt also had a hitch recently, as General Motors recalled all of the bolts ever produced because of an issue with a supplier-related battery that used to catch several fires.

“When the Chevrolet Bolt EV launched, it was a huge technical achievement and the first affordable EV, which set in motion GM’s all-electric future,” Chevy spokesman Cody Williams said in a statement. Chevrolet will launch several new EVs later this year based on the Ultium platform in key segments, including the Silverado EV, Blazer EV, and Equinox EV.”

GM anticipates launching its upcoming electric vehicles more quickly than it has Hummer and Cadillac Lyriq models. The Hummer and Cadillac Lyriq models have been rolling out at a slow pace compared to their traditional vehicles.

ID.4 electric vehicle by Volkswagen has been started being produced in the US

Volkswagen has started the production of all its all-electric ID.4 crossover SUV in the United States. The company made the announcement on Tuesday. Volkswagen has plans to scale production of the ID.4 at its Chattanooga, Tennessee factory to 7,000 vehicles per month by the end of 2022 before further increasing output throughout 2023.


About the Vehicle


According to Engadget, “Dieselgate has shaken Volkswagen to its foundation, prompting the automaker to embrace a radical new direction and invest nearly $40 billion into EV R&D as well as the factory tech needed to make it. The initial result of that massive investment has now hit the streets in the form of a compact crossover SUV. Say hello to the 2021 ID.4, VW’s first EV for the people.


The ID.4’s on-paper stats aren’t particularly striking, especially when compared to some of its higher-priced, luxury alternatives. With a 77.0-kWh lithium-ion battery pack putting out 201 HP and 229 pound-feet of torque, the ID.4’s specs are very much in line with its gas model equivalents like the Honda CRV or similarly specced EVs like the Hyundai Kona or Kia Niro EV (though each of those only have 64 kwH batteries).”


Volkswagen’s Announcement


The company on their website talked about their plans to write a new chapter in their history. Thomas Schäfer, Chairman of the global Volkswagen brand said “We’re just starting to write a new chapter for Volkswagen in America, and it is very much an American story,”. He added “When we promised to bring Volkswagen EVs to the millions, it always included American workers building those EVs right there in Chattanooga. We couldn’t be prouder to see that vision realized today with our ID.4 electric flagship rolling off the lines. This is another milestone in Volkswagen’s ambitious electrification strategy for the U.S. market and globally.”

Can Nissan turntables with electric vehicles powered by solid-state batteries?

In recent years, several EV manufacturers have emerged within the market to offer competitive EV models. In a piece of recent news, Nissan revealed a prototype production facility in Yokohama, Japan, on Friday, where the company says it plans to manufacture solid-state batteries for use in electric vehicles.

Nissan’s EVs with Solid-state batteries

In a statement, the automobile manufacturer cited its plans on commencing pilot productions. The company said in a statement that it plans “to establish a pilot production line at its Yokohama Plant in fiscal 2024, with materials, design and manufacturing processes for prototype production on the line to be studied at the prototype production facility.” Nissan aims to bring its first EV with all-solid-state batteries to market in 2028.

Solid-state batteries

All-solid-state batteries could, in theory, charge more quickly, hold more power, and last longer than lithium-ion batteries that most EVs use now. Nissan said it expects to eventually use the batteries across its vehicle lineup, including its pickup trucks. It said its all-solid-state batteries could reduce the price of battery packs to $75 per kWh by 2028 and eventually to $65 per kWh. The batteries should help make EVs much more affordable and eventually put them at the same price point as gasoline-powered vehicles.

Other players in the EV market

In addition to its EVs, Nissan lays out $17.6 billion plan to electrify its future. On the other hand, other carmakers are also working to develop this technology as well. Volkswagen-backed QuantumScape plans to start selling them in 2024, and Ford says it will have the all-solid-state batteries it’s developing ready by the end of the decade.

Moreover, Toyota said last year that it wants to start manufacturing the batteries by the mid-2020s but said it has to continue research into the technology; at present, these batteries are costly to make.


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