LG Chem Battery Plant Now Making Chevrolet Volt And Focus Electric Batteries

AUG 3 2013 BY JAY COLE 13

LG Chem's Holland Facility To Started Commercial Production In July Of 2013

LG Chem’s Holland Facility To Started Commercial Production In July Of 2013

Over the past 12 months LG Chem’s Michigan battery plant has been in the news for all the wrong reasons – technicians getting paid to clean the grounds, not starting US production of cells as promised, paying penalties for misusing DoE recovering funds.

Up Until This Month Production Of Chevrolel Volt Cells Was Done In South Korea Then Shipped To The US

Up Until This Month Production Of Chevrolel Volt Cells Was Done In South Korea Then Shipped To The US

But perhaps due to the high profile television and government reports criticising them, LG Chem promised once again to begin producing actual cells in the US for use inside the Chevy Volt and Focus Electric this past April.

Thankfully, we can now start to report good news – all the pre-production test cells have gone through the vetting process with GM, and actual production of cells is now underway.

According to LG Chem spokesman Randy Boileau those cells we be put into action sometime in the fall.

“Once manufactured, lithium ion batteries require a settling period before use, so the company anticipates making its first shipments in late September or early October,” Boileau told MLive

Original plans for the $300+ million facility (half paid by the recovery fund) called for a start of battery production by summer of 2012, with the plant having as many as 440 Michigan workers on hand.

Currently, it is thought just under 200 employees are working three assembly lines inside the factory. LG Chem has also promised to install two more lines by September of 2015.

Production of lithium cells up until this point had come from the company’s parent facilities in South Korea.

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So does that mean the “US Content” will go up by 17% and the “Korean Content” will disappear off the window sticker?

This means that the 2014 Volt begins production in October with LG’s new NMC cathode.

The U.S. parts content level should increase, but I’m not sure by how much. It would be nice if it were higher.

I won’t begrudge the Korean people their contributions, but my first priority is employed Americans.

The employee count and number of lines is intriguing and implies that the # of EVs sold per year has an uptrending expectation. Very good for an electric future.

At ~8000 EVs per month sold in the USA, it will take over 100 years to saturate the car market with PHEVs. So, hopefully, we will see 20,000 a month by 2017. The drop from June to July is a little worrisome – especailly with the price drops and dealer incentives.

Year over year, this July is better than July 2012 by 42%

Ooops, make that 120%

It’s funny this correlates with the impending price drop – GM had said a long time ago that the manufacture of the cells in the US would mean a cut of more than $100/kWh.

The thing I wounder about is if they start making them only a few miles from the car factory will this help greatly cut battery prices along with them adding more over all batteries to the market?

Another thing about this is they say the Chevy Spark is built in South Korea does this mean that this company which supplies batteries to GM will they divert the South Korean made batteries to the Chevy Spark while this new factory supplies batteries to the Chevy Volt.

I guess that is the irony. The Volt is built in the USA, using batteries from South Korea. And the Spark is built in South Korea using batteries from the USA.

I am waiting for GM to build the Chevy Spark EV in the U.S. with “gliders” from South Korea, instead of shipping batteries to GM Koea then shipping the assembled Sparks to the U.S.

That’s a large battery factory to keep busy = sell move EV’s!

GM designed the Volt Battery, and they have been built in southeast Michigan from the start. Only the most important component, the cells, were designed by LG Chem and built in Korea.

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