Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid To Get LG Chem Battery, Build In Michigan

2 years ago by Eric Loveday 13

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid

Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid

Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid

LG Chem has announced that it will be tasked with supplying the 16-kWh battery pack and battery management system for the Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid minivan.

Exact terms of the deal weren’t released, but an LG Chem spokesman did state:

“The deal will play a crucial part in our plan to generate 1.2 trillion won in EV battery sales this year.”

And we’ve learned that┬áLG Chem secured hundreds of billion won in sales through the deal, but that’s all we know for now.

Korea Times reports:

“With the deal, LG Chem is now in business with all of the so-called “Big Three” clients in the U.S. automobile market, having previously signed contracts with GM and Ford. In 2009, LG Chem was named the exclusive supplier of EV batteries for the GM Volt. The company also signed a deal with Ford in 2010.”

Clearly, LG Chem is becoming the go-to source for battery packs.

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid 7 or 8 Seat Options

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid 7 or 8 Seat Options

Lee Ung-beom, president of LG Chem’s energy storage division, stated:

“We are going to push for leadership in the global battery market, backed by a strong alliance with the big three U.S. clients.”

LG Chem will use its Michigan factory to build the packs for the Pacifica plug-in hybrid, thereby solving the mystery from last Fall of “who is LG Chem adding a 4th production line for?”

The Pacifica PHEV features a 16-kWh battery pack, which provides it with an estimated electric range of ~ 30 miles. MPGe is estimated at 80, while pricing is still unknown at this time.

The Pacifica PHEV is expected to go on sale in the second half of 2016.

More details on the Pacific PHEV here.

Source: Korea Times, Yonhap

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13 responses to "Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid To Get LG Chem Battery, Build In Michigan"

  1. Jake Brake says:

    Hat Trick

    1. miggy says:

      Please keep sales limited to the USA only.

      1. Jake Brake says:

        Why wouldn’t you want Michigan to be exporting globally? This is a major win for bringing back high quality manufacturing jobs to the US and great Lakes region.

  2. Sam EV says:

    25-30 miles of all-electric range would be a great start.

    I really hope they don’t skimp on safety though. Previous Chrysler vans haven’t done very on certain tests, especially the small overlap crash test.

    http://www.iihs.org/iihs/news/desktopnews/minivans-with-a-major-flaw-3-models-have-dire-small-overlap-results

    1. Robb Stark says:

      A 12 year old van platform did not do well against a new small overlap test.

      A newly designed Toyota Highlander failed that test then it had to be quickly redesigned.

      1. HVACman says:

        I read an SAE article that said the Pacifica will be built on a brand new PHEV-specific platform. Hopefully that means the engineers were up-to-speed on the latest crash test requirements and included that into the platform architecture.

  3. GeorgeS says:

    Soon Lithium batteries will be as bad as gasoline. There will be so much production prices will drop to 50$/kwh.

    Hurry up with that Giga factory Elon. As usual you are late. GM just beat you to market with the Bolt EV and now LG seems to be surpassing you in battery capacity.

    You wasted way too much time on those silly falcon doors and that even pricier Model X.

    Get a move on boy!!

    1. HVACman says:

      I hope the LiON industry does not go the way the oil market has lately. Bankruptcies loom for many of the oil companies. I’d prefer to see battery prices remain competitive, but profitable. Prices should drop because of lower production costs through better technology and mass production efficiencies, not through red-ink.

      1. theflew says:

        Lithium ion batteries will be a race to the bottom, because the cheapest highest density cells wins the prize.

    2. DonC says:

      Since most of the cost of batteries is in the materials, dropping demand for commodities should certainly lower the price of batteries.

      1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        Not really. Aside from the cost of the cobalt, which is indeed expensive, most of the “materials costs” for li-ion battery components are in the processing costs, not the cost of buying raw, unprocessed materials.

        For example, “Materials and Processing for Lithium-ion Batteries” has this to say:

        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        Materials processing is very difficult to separate from materials cost and is therefore included in the materials costs in this section. In addition, the materials-processing cost changes dramatically with different materials and can therefore be considered material-specific. However, new processing techniques can lower the current high cost of raw materials.
        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

        Entire article here: http://www.tms.org/pubs/journals/jom/0809/daniel-0809.html

  4. ArkansasVolt says:

    I am looking forward to a test drive. Though I am sure Arkansas may be the last state to get one. I still do not have a Tesla Supercharger within 300 miles of me.

    1. ffbj says:

      Sort of gives a new meaning to “Arkansas Traveler.” As a former governor of yours often said: “I feel your pain.”