Production of the Chevrolet Bolt has now has been underway for weeks and it is being produced at the Orion Assembly site, also home to the Bolt EV, and the production numbers are scary.
Right now the production line is set up to roll out the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt and at the moment there is just one shift working on production. There are no plans to add on another shift as shift two was stopped in January and the workers moved to the factory where the Volt is made.
When space was made for the extra workers to work on the Chevrolet Bolt, it meant the stop in production of the Buick Verano. With only one shift working it means that around 90,000 vehicles each year can be produced, back in 2014 this was about right to meet the demand of the Sonic.
However the demand for the Sonic fell and now fewer vehicles are produced and this has made way for production of the bolt EV. Of course the shift at the Orion facility can be altered and this means that they can make all Bolt vehicles or all Sonic, or somewhere in-between. The maximum amount of 2017 Chevrolet Bolt vehicles that could be produced at the factory would be 90,000 per year, however this could only happen if they stop producing the Sonic altogether.
It was said that every fourth or fifth vehicle to come off the production line at the moment is the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt and production is going to be boosted to hit 30,000 by 2017. But is there going to be rush on the purchase of the new Bolt and if so will the production line be able to cope?