LG Chem Lists Which Vehicles Use Its Lithium-Ion Batteries

DEC 29 2015 BY MARK KANE 21

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LG Chem lithium-ion battery cell

The latest LG Chem list of vehicles equipped with its lithium-ion batteries includes 4 new plug-in hybrids and 6 all-electric models added in 2015. There are also two conventional hybrids.

Especially China looks promising as two passenger cars, three buses and one commercial vehicle are powered by LG Chem batteries.

In total, the Korean company added more vehicles in 2015 than in 2013 and 2014 combined.

Not much is known of future plans, but LG Chem should add Tesla Roadster (replacement packs), Chevrolet Bolt EV (confirmed for late 2016), and even more models from various brands to this list.

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That is a really impressive lineup, and it will get even better when the Bolt etc are launched.

Has anybody been able to find technical information is available about their latest batteries, e.g. the power, weight and density?


I haven’t seen any specs on energy density, or in fact anything else except the leaked, startlingly low $145/kWh price that LG Chem is charging GM for the Volt cells.

It seems highly likely that that details of the new, lower cost batteries are protected by NDAs.


“I haven’t seen any specs on energy density, or in fact anything else except the leaked, startlingly low $145/kWh price that LG Chem is charging GM for the Volt cells.”

I thought that was the “Bolt cell” price since GM said that is the price of cell when Bolt launches…

I guess that is subject to interpretation.


“startlingly low $145/kWh” lol!

Diplomacy is the art of making believe what you do not think at all.


I think that the $29000 Roadster replacement battery also uses LG cells. but it is not on the list.


oops – you mention it – sorry about that!!


I thought the Tesla Roadster batteries were Panasonic 18650 cells. Does LG Chem make 18650 cells too?


Other companies are making 18650 cells, such as Samsung, LG.


The original Roadster batteries were Panasonic, but now if Roadster owners want to buy a replacement battery the cells will be made by LG.


Correction: the original Roadster _cells_ were Panasonic.


Roy_H said:

“I thought the Tesla Roadster batteries were Panasonic 18650 cells. Does LG Chem make 18650 cells too?”

If LG Chem makes 18650 cells, they’re probably only for consumer electronics. Reportedly, Tesla is the only auto maker currently using 18650 cells in an EV, and even Tesla plans to abandon that form factor for a slightly larger cylindrical cell.

We did see an announcement recently that some other company was going to used 18650 cells in a new model of EV, but whether that will actually happen or if it’s just vaporware remains to be seen.


The HMC CNG bus is a hybrid, which makes lots of sense. LG is also building more of the Bolt for Chevy.


AES is also buying up to 1GWH! from LG Chem. Not a car, but an industry moving ton of storage. http://fortune.com/2015/12/15/huge-battery-order-lg-chem/

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I can only image what the internal version of this chart looks like that extends to 2020.


Yeah, too bad that one didn’t leak, like GM’s slide about the price they’ll be paying for Bolt cells… I’m sure there are alredy contracts in place for the next 2 years or so…


The Ford Focus is using their batteries, but from what 4 year old production run?


It appears this chart list all EVs that use or used LG Chem cells, including ones no longer in production. For example, the Opel Ampera has been discontinued.

Interesting factoid … Renault Fluence makes use of the same battery module canisters as the Nissan LEAF.

Videos of battery pack teardowns for each can model be found on the inter-webs. Just because cells and modules are the same size, it doesn’t tell us any details on battery chemistry nor lifecycle.


Looks like:

HMC = Hyundai
KMC = Kia

Interesting that this official chart is far from a complete list! Also interesting that they merely count Chinese auto, bus, and truck makers, without naming them.

Interesting. Matches very well what I’ve found (see spreadsheet below), but… I’ve found word that LG Chem supplies the batteries for Volkswagen’s plug-in cars, Audi’s (essentially same company) plug-in cars, and the Smart Electric Drive. Wonder why the discrepancy. Does it really supply these vehicles or is there misinformation out there about this?



Do they all perform equally good for each applications?

If so, then LG Chem got some bragging to do.

Then again, part of how well cells performs over time depends heavily on how the cells are managed and used.