LG Chem / Chrysler Pacifica PHEV Contract Marks A New First For Battery Maker

1 year ago by Eric Loveday 34

 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

Chrysler Pacific Rear

Chrysler Pacific Rear

Following the announcement that LG Chem will supply battery packs and battery management systems for the upcoming Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid minivan, Green Car Congress uncovered one additional fact related to the deal.

As Green car Congress points out:

“The agreement with FCA US marks the first time LG Chem will engineer and manufacture a complete battery pack in Michigan for a volume production North American PHEV.”

That’s a big deal for LG Chem’s Michigan facility, as it was once the site of a lot of controversy.

Green Car Congress adds:

“The Pacifica Hybrid, scheduled to be launched in late 2016 and introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, will be the first mass-produced hybrid minivan in North America. LG Chem will supply the completed battery packs, which integrate Li-ion cells, a number of electronic components, and control software.”

LG Chem will manufacture the cells and packs at the LG Chem Michigan (LGCMI) facility in Holland, Michigan. The entire battery pack was engineered at its Troy, Michigan, facility (LGCPI), including hardware, software, prototypes, packs and electronics, such as the battery management system.

So, at least a couple of firsts with the upcoming Pacifica plug-in hybrid minivan. Way to go Chrysler and LG Chem!

 

LG Chem Power Inc. CEO Denise Gray stated:

“Our experience with entire battery packs, including cell design and manufacturing capability, as well as our expertise in vehicle integration, makes us the ideal battery supplier for the Pacifica Hybrid. We believe our technical strengths, engineering and manufacturing expertise, position us as a leading battery and control system provider for electric vehicles today and in the future.”

Source: Green Car Congress

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34 responses to "LG Chem / Chrysler Pacifica PHEV Contract Marks A New First For Battery Maker"

  1. SparkEV says:

    From the article 3 years ago, “they would evaluate opening the US facility when demand increased”

    Demand certainly has increased. I read not long ago (insideevs, I think) that they were running some plants 24 hours a day. I’m curious if LG only makes “pouch” cells while Tesla will only make “can” cells (18650 type).

  2. drpawansharma says:

    Troy! Why does US of A have so many names of places from far off lands? Heard they have a Holland too.

    1. Wow! Good catch! “LG Chem will manufacture the cells and packs at the LG Chem Michigan (LGCMI) facility in Holland, Michigan. The entire battery pack was engineered at its Troy, Michigan, facility (LGCPI), including hardware, software, prototypes, packs and electronics, such as the battery management system.”

    2. SparkEV says:

      Because we’re too lazy to put “new” in front of all the names?

      1. TomArt says:

        Most likely. 🙂

    3. Brian says:

      Many of our towns are named after native tribes or other words from their language. But those names inevitably get butchered (try to pronounce “patchogue” outloud if you’ve never heard it). I guess in the end it comes down to the early settlers dreaming of the old country.

    4. sven the out of work porn star says:

      drpawansharma said: “Heard they have a Holland too.”

      What is Holland?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-csGDoSSZyc

    5. sven from NYC says:

      Troy? Holland? Fuhgeddaboudit! Brooklyn, Michigan takes the cake. I wonder if they have a namesake bridge that the porky Tesla Model X can legally cross without exceeding the weight limit?

      Just remember, even old New York was once New Amsterdam. Why they changed it, I can’t say. People just liked it better that way.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xo0X77OBJUg

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooklyn,_Michigan

      1. Brian says:

        I’m pretty sure New Amsterdam was renamed to New York when the Dutch surrendered it to the English. Why would the English want to keep the old name?

        1. sven says:

          Sorry, the lines about changing New Amsterdam’s name to New York were not my musings, but are actually the lyrics to the song in the link that I posted. They Might Be Giants were an 80s/90s alternative rock group from Brooklyn that I was a fan of back in the day. It just seemed like an apropos, if not an obscure, reference. And I’m feeling kind of silly today. Carry on. 😀

          1. sven says:

            Now I can’t get that stupid song out of my head.

          2. Brian says:

            Sorry, that one went right over my head. I didn’t listen to TMBG much, so the reference was completely lost on me. And I tend not to follow links to YouTube during the day – you never know when you might stumble into something NSFW.

    6. Windbourne says:

      Because our nation’s citizens, other than the Native Indians, are from all over the world. We have names from all over the world, including India.

      1. TomArt says:

        Yep, there is Syracuse, Ithaca, York, London, Troy, Holland, Paris, Richmond, etc., etc., etc.

        There are also a lot of unique, interesting state, county, city, road, river and mountain names all over the US due to the native influence.

      2. wavelet says:

        The “native” Americans aren’t actually native. The entire human population of both South & North America derives from a population that crossed the Siberia-Alaska land bridge ~20K years ago, and then worked its way south. This is quite different from the other continents, whichc had human populations much earlier (Australia for 60K years, for example).

    7. drpawansharma says:

      Now i know :=)

  3. Brian says:

    Another first for the Pacifica – a minivan I wouldn’t be horrified to own!

  4. Rick Danger says:

    Sounds like a good deal for everybody. If the price is anywhere near reasonable, FCA will be able to sell all they want.
    Will Sergio tell everyone not to buy a Pacifica too???

    1. TomArt says:

      Probably.

  5. Larry4pyro says:

    Will they be building other components like the motors, transmission, heat pumps or infotainment systems?

  6. MikeG says:

    It is incredibly short-sighted not to build your in-house battery propulsion systems experience unless you believe that electric vehicles are a fad whos time will pass.

    1. theflew says:

      Let’s be honest batteries are basically going to become commodities. You are not going to want to be in that business in a couple of years unless you like razor thin profit margins. And pack assembly isn’t exactly rocket science. Same with inverters and controllers. The money is in the finished product, not the individual components.

      1. MikeG says:

        I’m saying that if you wish to out-source the electrical-propulsion to someone else, you mustn’t be planning to build cars for too many more years.

        Yes, batteries are a commodity and I’m not suggesting that Chrysler Fiat builds the batteries that go into their vehicles, but they should be engineering the propulsion systems.

      2. MikeG says:

        A well designed battery pack should be long-lived, robust, support fast charging, etc. I’d disagree that building a high-quality battery pack is a trivial task.

      3. ModernMarvelFan says:

        Yup, great point!

  7. pjwood1 says:

    Hope the heat works in this beast. My SO still uses ‘Hold Mode’, to engine-heat the cabin “because its warmer”. A 3.0 V6 will take that much longer to warm up, assuming Chrysler doesn’t have enough KW going into its electric heater, like Volt 1. A T&C has a cabin that’s “HUGE”.

  8. James says:

    I’m fully expecting this as a low-volume, hard-to-obtain model. It won’t surprise me if they only sell it in ZEV states.

    If and when they do distribute this MPV ( I refuse to propagate the “minivan” label ) in all states, it surely will be an interesting and viable option for many.

    What will CS Mode MPG be? Can I rely on Chrysler reliability? Will the V-6 be modern or clunky? For me to drive a Chevrolet ( Volt or Bolt ) is something at one time I would have said would never happen. The quality glitches and pure shameful products from the 1970s and ’80s still resonate through my memory.

    For me to buy a Chrysler product is even a bigger stretch, although I truly will spend my money where a company is making a pronounced move toward electrification.

    For me, this car comes about 4 years too late – but it’s still on my radar…It’s a wait-and-see.

  9. Jychevyvolt says:

    Are you guys going to demand charging infrastructure from Chrysler or does it only apply to GM?

    1. Brian says:

      Given that this is a PHEV, it doesn’t really need more infrastructure than a reliable place to charge overnight, and the existing gas station network. Much like the Volt.

      Now when GM makes the Bolt (with a B), it will require a robust QC network to be anything more than a local/regional car.

      So it’s not about the company, it’s about the car. It just doesn’t apply to a PHEV.

      1. ClarksonCote says:

        I don’t know of any automaker that rolled out a nationwide infrastructure of gas stations. People (not you, just adding to your comment) can’t simultaneously declare that BEVs are ready for mainstream while also demanding automakers pay for a nationwide charging infrastructure.

        1. Brian says:

          To be fair, some automakers are partnering with other companies to roll out a charging network. Nissan and BMW come to mind. Nissan’s “No Charge To Charge” and BMW’s similar program are great ways to provide a source of revenue for charging networks without actually taking on the responsibility of putting hardware in the ground. I really hope that GM considers something similar when they launch the Bolt.

      2. Jychevyvolt says:

        Where’s the incentive for automakers? Give out zev credits for automakers who install and maintain lvl 3 charging station.

  10. cab says:

    Ironically, if this were a mid-sized SUV everyone be declaring it to be the best thing since sliced bread, but because it is the dreaded, perpetually un-cool MINI-VAN it only gets modest interest. More of a statement about all of us than anything…(full disclaimer, we still have our old mini-van and nothing beats it for practical people and stuff hauling).