LG Chem’s Michigan Plant Comes Back Online, Will Ship Chevy Volt Batteries Out November
Hopefully closing the book on issues bringing domestic battery production to the Chevrolet Volt, LG Chem reported that their plant in Holland Michigan will return to production Monday (October 28th) after having some initial start-up problems.
After some long initial delays opening the facility, the plant was voluntarily shuttered 7 weeks ago as the Korean battery maker run into issues with EPA.
Specifically, LG Chem received a subpoena on from the government agency (that’s not good) to learn what chemicals LG Chem was using in the production of lithium cells for the Chevrolet Volt, as (assumedly) not all the chemicals used in South Korea-based production had been approved as of yet for use in the US.
LG Chem now expects to make its first shipment to GM next month:
“We appreciate the patience and professionalism of our team members and the support from the community during the review process,” said LG Chem Michigan spokesman Jeremy Hagemeyer in a news release. “Now we are looking forward to the first shipments of product to our customer, which we expect will take place in November.”
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