A concern with new models is the ability to source parts when needed and the Bolt is not different. Sometimes shipping can take a while and in some cases like forum member dwlin1 who needed a left front rail assembly, the part can’t even be found anywhere in the country.
LG Electronics’ new 250,000-square-foot EV parts plant in Hazel Park, Detroit may not be able to solve that assembly problem, but those in need of electronic components may have an easier time finding the parts they need. Plant production shouldn’t start in 2018 and around 300 employees will be tasked with producing the Bolt's electric motor, battery cells and pack, power inverter, power distribution module, on-board charger, battery heater, accessory power unit, climate control, instrument cluster and infotainment system.
Construction of the new plant will cost $25 million and The Detroit News said that LG will be getting a $2.9 million grant from the Michigan Business Development Program. By shifting production to the States, supplying parts to GM's Lake Orion facility should become easier and it’ll ease any import concerns US regulators may have.
Of course the plant won’t be producing parts for the Bolt alone, LG components can be found in wide array of car and their $1.5 billion in revenue this year is expected to grow as demand for their products increase.