LG Starts Mass Production Of Chevrolet Bolt EV Parts This Month


Chevrolet Bolt EV

Chevrolet Bolt EV

By the end of August, LG Electronics will begin mass production of core parts for Chevrolet’s flagship electric car Bolt EV.

The contract with LG covers six year period, roughly the generational lifespan of the upcoming 200 mile EV.

Korean group not only won the order to provide lithium-ion battery cells (LG Chem) for the Bolt, but a lot of the other componentry that is critical for the project.

LG’s vehicle components division, launched in 2013, will use new production lines for Bolt EV part fabrication at its Incheon research center in South Korea.

In addition to listening to LG’s expertise on what vehicle to best offer, GM is relying on the company for a long list of components from production lines established at LG’s, including 11 core components.

Those core parts will be then shipped to the U.S. where GM will produce the cars at Orion Assembly (Orion Township, Michigan) beginning in October, with deliveries to begin before the end of 2016.

Chevrolet Bolt EV Interior - With Some Help From LG

Chevrolet Bolt EV Interior – With Some Help From LG

Here is our short list of what we know LG is providing:

  • Electric Drive Motor (built from GM design)
  • Power Inverter Module (converts DC power to AC for the drive unit)
  • On Board Charger
  • Electric Climate Control System Compressor
  • Battery Cells and Pack
  • High Power Distribution Module (manages the flow of high voltage to various components)
  • Battery Heater
  • Accessory Power Module (maintains low-voltage power delivery to accessories)
  • Power Line Communication Module (manages communication between vehicle and a DC charging station)
  • Instrument Cluster
  • Infotainment System
Note "Key" Partner: LG Chem

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After three years since inception, LG’s VC division still is in early stage of investments gradually adding new customers. This year company intends to invest up to 400 billion won ($360 million).

Chevrolet Bolt EV's 60 kWh LG Chem Battery

Chevrolet Bolt EV’s 60 kWh LG Chem Battery

“Automakers are very strict in terms of safety and form a long-term relationship, with only a few qualified parts suppliers due to safety concerns,” an LG Electronics official said. “That’s why it takes more time for us to generate tangible results in the business. We are still in the investment phase.”

Park Kyung-ryul, vice president of LG Electronics’ VC division, told investors in a second-quarter conference call: “The VC unit is posting double-digit growth in obtaining orders each year.”

source: The Korea Times

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52 responses to "LG Starts Mass Production Of Chevrolet Bolt EV Parts This Month"
  1. Alaa says:

    I ask you guys which is more difficult the parts that LG will make or the parts the GM will make and then put everything together?

    I here by declare that LG will make its own EVs not in the very distant future and that GM will slowly head to ZERO.

    1. Vexar says:

      We agree, nice to see that! However, I claim prior art on that declaration. I said it after the Bolt reveal, whereupon they handed the presentation over to LG.

      So, parts overseas by end of August, likely a supply line for first shipment to the US late September, 30 days ocean freight and rail to US on the East coast, means GM will be making this cars last week of October/ first week of November. Plenty of time to ship them to dealers by year’s end.

      I predict <1000 units sold by end of year, based on this report from LG.

      1. ffbj says:

        So anywhere from 0-999?

        1. Alaa says:

          Do you think that Tesla can make a few hundred Model 3s at the same time as GM?

          I think they can.

          1. Assaf says:

            Hell will freeze over first.

            It’s unclear whether Tesla have even really frozen the Model 3 design completely yet (pun intended).

            At this point, the smart money should gravitate towards betting on the Leaf (whether Gen 1.5 or Gen 2) being the first affordable long-range BEV to be available in meaningful quantities in the US.

            In Europe, they will definitely be the first. The only real competition there on that front is the Leaf’s pretty cousin Zoe.

            1. Stimpacker says:

              So what if GM or Nissan gets a 200-mile BEV out first? It will still be a second car or commuter only unless there’s a charging network.

              Please don’t point to the few 50kW stations that charge $10. That’s like waiting 30mins to pump 2 gallons of gas at inflated prices. Nobody will fall for that. Well maybe some of the readers here….

              1. Ziv says:

                Because the charge stations we had last year are going to be an exact match for the charge station we will see next year?
                Don’t be silly. There are more CCS charge sites than there are Superchargers already, and some of the CCS chargers are at 60 kW charge rates already and many will be faster than that by the end of next year.
                60 kW charge rates will get you 100-110 miles in 30 minutes, which may not be great but how fast can you eat lunch? Once they hit 75 kW charge rates next year or in 2018, they will be fast enough to road trip with few hassles.

          2. ffbj says:

            No, I think GM will be first to market with the Bolt, but that eventually the Model 3 will
            surpass it in sales. Probably not until 2018.

    2. Kdawg says:

      The most difficult part is the overall package design then physically putting it all together. LG is just one supplier of many. Building cars isn’t easy (as Tesla found out), and any new player will have to quickly learn what others have 100+ years of wisdom in.

      1. Alaa says:

        Did you over look that right next door in Korea there is 2 not 1 but 2 big boys called KIA and Hyundai?

        Can they not use these components from LG and make electric cars at less cost since they are all in the same country?

        1. Kdawg says:

          You suggested LG would build cars. Now you are suggesting Hyundai & KIA will build cars using LG components. Those are not the same thing.

          1. Alaa says:

            You got me man.

            1. Ziv says:

              That was an entertaining thread. 😉

              LG is building parts to GM’s spec. Building the entire car is whole ‘nother ball game.
              But I could see LG making a deal down the road with a home town team like Hyundai if GM hasn’t gotten a legal agreement that they will refrain from doing so. And I think GM probably has done just that.

              1. Alaa says:

                LG can buy the doors windshields etc from KIA and do the car themselves. This way they will not be selling their parts to anyone except GM and themselves.

                1. ziv says:

                  Alaa, to both of your points the answer is, it isn’t that simple. Building quality cars is very difficult and getting out of a non-compete is difficult as well. If LG Chem tries to put lipstick on a pig by changing the GM specs slightly they will lose in court and they will lose big.
                  I don’t think that building cars is what LG Chem wants. They want to be the top supplier of electric intent parts in both North America and Asia. And with the exception of Tesla, they may achieve that goal.

                  1. Alaa says:

                    I agree with you about the quality part. I for one am content with just a car that will cost me nothing to run and can drive itself. I do not mind sitting on a wooden chair for that matter. As for the part of driving itself LG has enough boys and girls to program computers. GM doesn’t. So it is a very smart move from LG and a very desperate move from GM.

                2. Someone out there says:

                  GM designed the components (with input from LG of course) that LG is producing. Obviously LG can’t sell GM components to GM’s competitors but LG can probably do a similar cooperation deal with somebody else.

                  As of LG selling their own cars, not only would they have to design every component themselves, they would also have to certify everything according to laws in every country they intend to sell cars in and then set up a huge sales division to sell the cars and provide servicing. It’s unlikely that LG would want to do all that but even if they did it would be no small feat as you seem to suggest.

                  1. Alaa says:

                    LG is already a LARGE company world wide. They certify fridges washing machines air conditions etc and smart phones. I would say that they know their way quite well in this certification procedure. I just want know why is it that you are against a new player in the market. If LG or Samsung can make cars and people like them and buy them what is wrong with that? If these components that LG are selling to GM are so very easy to make and some might say trivial, well why can’t GM do them? Why did GM go through all that trouble to buy these components from the other side of the world? Why?

                    1. theflew says:

                      Why would GM build them if they are basically commodity parts? Motors, controllers, inverters, and cells are not bleeding edge technology.

                    2. Someone out there says:

                      Fridges and cars have totally different regulations, one does not help with the other.

                      You are reading into my post way more than I wrote. I’m not against LG making cars, I just don’t think they are interested in it because of the added workload of it.

                    3. Someone out there says:

                      Companies buy components from each other all the time. Setting up a production line is expensive and time consuming, you must produce a lot of stuff for it to be worth it. Sometimes it is more efficient and cheaper to just buy the components you need from someone that has already gone through that hassle.

              2. Alaa says:

                And you know what, even if the boys of GM worded the contract so very water tight and LG had no chance of escaping, then all what LG has to do is change the specs just slightly for a new body from say KIA. In the mean time LG will share the risk with GM at first and if they both do well then LG moves ahead and do their own and at the same time entertain GM As long as GM pays for it and LG is doing a profit. The bottom line is no one will scratch your back better than your own finger nails.

                Best regards from Egypt.

        2. Yoda says:

          Hyundai owns controlling intrest in Kia so they are largely the same company and share engines trannies and chasis…

          Samsung is more likely than LG to become a car company…
          Samsung tried this back in the 90s and then sold to Renualt…
          Just last month Samsung bought into the Chinese BYD and their exec recently said they have ambitions…

    3. Taser54 says:

      Lol. That attitude implies that it is simple to put together a profitable, low cost EV with greater than 200 Mile range.

      Reads like you think Tesla is inept as it has taken them over a decade to get there. Whereas LG-a company with no experience building a car_-will have one in the “not to distant future.”


    4. ModernMarvelFan says:

      “I ask you guys which is more difficult the parts that LG will make or the parts the GM will make and then put everything together?”

      Well, obviously based on your past comments and your current statement, it appears that you know very little about cars in general…

      Cars are more than just a battery and motor. Chassis, suspension and body are very important part of the design. That is why CODA sucked.

      But people like you are all over internet which frequently confuses of building some components to equal building cars.

  2. leafowner says:

    If this is GM’s strategy their EV program will die a quick and painful death. They are farming out the most important part of the technology…..Asians are great at copying so this will not take long.

    NOTE to GM – if you are in, go all in like Tesla has….otherwise just fold now.

    1. Someone out there says:

      Are you suggesting that Koreans don’t already know how to make cars, electric or otherwise? I’m pretty sure they have all the info they need already.

  3. Dean Dey says:

    Often selling parts is more profitable than the final product. And you can provide parts to more than one company, which expands your market, and makes your company more secure.

  4. Kdawg says:

    Over at GM-Volt.com, We are discussing this new video of a test ride in the Bolt EV. Interesting stuff, so thought I’d share.


    1. 2013VOLT says:

      I don’t like the screens with a light background. Looks cheap and is distracting. I much prefer the dark background of the Volt displays. I wonder if this is user programmable, hopefully as I really want to get a Bolt to replace my car.

      1. Kdawg says:

        It seems like white backgrounds is the new thing. I believe the Bolt EV screen does change when it gets dark out. I’d love it if OEMs would allow people to set up their own “skins”. At least with the Bolt’s screen, you can do some customization on what info is shown.

      2. MTN Ranger says:

        This photo shows that there are display choices, maybe that includes colors too.

    2. sven says:

      Great find Kdawg!

      But holy crap, those were some crazy dangerous left turns and and U-turns on a very busy divided highway without a traffic light at those intersections!

      1. Kdawg says:

        That may have been Josh Tavel driving. I’m not 100% sure.

        1. sven says:

          His driving was great. 😀 I was actually commenting on the highway’s design without traffic lights. It also occurred to me that any autonomous driving car would need a side-facing long-range radar or lidar to be able to safely navigate these types of intersections.

          1. Kdawg says:

            Ah. Those are called “Michigan Lefts”.


            1. MTN Ranger says:

              They are making those “Michigan Lefts” lately in my area. Nothing shocking about them.

    3. spice says:

      Thx KD very interesting

  5. David Murray says:

    I’m a little worried about the infotainment system. I quite like the one in my 2017 Volt, while admittedly I did NOT like the one in my 2013. I hope the Bolt EV has Apple Carplay too.

    1. bro1999 says:

      It will. It’s on the official chevy.com Bolt page, as well as Android Auto.

    2. ziv says:

      The 2013 Volt has an infotainment screen? I have had my 2013 Volt for 3 years and I have yet to see a real infotainment screen.
      Haptic crap…

  6. Car & Driver preview / review of the Bolt EV:


    Other than a few half hearted snarky comments, this is a useful article.

    1. ModernMarvelFan says:

      It actually sounds pretty good…

  7. scott franco says:

    Why don’t you freaking wait for the car to actually come out before dissing it? Every indication is they are making it on time, and it is delivering 60kw for a fraction of the cost of the (only) competition (Tesla).

    Jeez take a Valium or something.

  8. Chris O says:

    FCA’s Marchionne warned about what he termed “disintermediation” effect of EVs, the loss of car industry core competencies.

    GM on the other hand doesn’t seem worried about that at all happily farming it all out to suppliers relegating itself to the role of coach builder.

    Does that sound like a carmaker that sees EVs as the short term future with itself playing a key role in it or more like an ICE dinosaur doing compliance cars that in its view will play a marginal role for a long time to come?

  9. KM says:

    It is quite likely that GM got the best deal on batteries because they have also outsourced so many other bits to LG. So LG might not be making any money on batteries sold to them just yet but gets the foot in the door for other crucial components hoping to become Magna of EVs. GM gets to beat everyone to making the first “affordable” long range EV hoping to achieve economies of scale and not lose money on this model. And if they still lose money on it for some reason it will be LG taking most of the risk. That’s why nobody else apart from Tesla is talking about a long range ev for next year. Others can’t compete because they probably pay a lot more for the same batteries and risk more if 60kwh evs still failed to sell.

  10. ModernMarvelFan says:

    I guess that is why GM can hit a deadline but Tesla can’t.

    GM knows to ramp its suppliers up first before the car ramps up.

    By outsourcing some parts to a single suppliers actually helps lead time and inventory management.

    Also, people forget that key reason to outsource some of those components is that UAW will have less control over it.

    UAW controls many of the key ICE components production at GM. But they don’t hold any key factory on EVs…

  11. Bill Howland says:

    Most people would be surprised at what percentage of a Ford, Chevy, or even a Tesla, is actually made by someone else.

    It is getting so bad that years ago, you could tell a car by how the engine compartment was laid out and what parts are in it. Today there is more similiarity than difference in a Ford or Chevy – they’ve even coproduced a ten speed automatic.

    Sitting in an S, the steering wheel is MB, and I would wager the interior is made by someone else.

    1. Yoda says:

      And that is what makes it so much easier for a srartup auto companies today…

      In addition to the 10 speed rwd trannie they also co produced a 8 or 9 speed fwd trannie…

      It is kinda like the big American computer companies of the 90s…
      Outsource everything to save 5 cents only to find out you ended up outsourcung your company right out of business…

  12. Evprophet says:

    My guess.¿why GM and other manufacturers like KIA (SOUL EV) or RENAULT , design their EVs the way they do?.¿why not a more aerodynamic car?¿why suicide door on the i3?¿why chamaleon charger on the renault zoe?¿why poor aerodynamics on the chevy Bolt?¿why no DCFC 50kw charging on the BOLT?

    They have planned the speed of transition to evs , like tech hardware companies plan their transition to another architecture or size level.

    How many dollars do you bet , that when VW or the VAG group unveil their long range electric cars , they will put something bad on it , so they don’t need to sell it.

    1. Alaa says:

      They all have to have a good supply of batteries first. That means their own factories.