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GM Seems To Have Chosen Battery Supplier For Volt

Posted by: David Kiley on October 23, 2008

Reuters is reporting that General Motors has made its selection of battery supplier for its extended range electric car—Chevy Volt—due to hit the market in late 2010.

Reuters says the automaker has chosen LG Chem along with Troy, Michigan-based Compact Power Inc. to supply the lithium-ion battery packs for the first generation Chevy Volt.

If that story holds up, it is something of a surprise because most people haad believed that A123 would be the main supplier.

The contract will be announced in November and the terms are still being worked out.

GM and Compact Power are apparently working out the details of the commercial agreement and how to split warranty costs for the batteries.

GM hasn’t confirmed these reports but an LG Chem spokesman in Korea stated “we were informed that the results are due in November, but we didn’t get any official answer from GM yet. We hope for and expect a good result.”

A123/Continental could still potentially supply Volt packs in the next generation.

Reader Comments


October 23, 2008 2:08 PM

GM Volt, and other US companies are much behind the Europe, Japan where EV will be available for sale in Japan by Feb 2009 by Mitsubishi with offering at the recent Paris show. Geeley in China announced EV, and will come out with a taxi version of Geeley in London. EV is like a bicycle whether you have a car or not, but should have a bike at home. Yes the sub-continent of India-Pakistan hasn't announced an EV. Possibly Ratan Tata will come up with an EV after Nano from India at slightly higher than the Nano. The Networked Car event at the ITU Geneva after the Geneva Motor Show has a call for paper. I plan to submit my paper on the EV and the networked car, with GPS, wifi, Wimax, and a remote monitoring of the EV sound like sendidng children to school and monitor surveillance the car. Pakistan may come with an indigenuous EV imported on CKD and finally assembled in Pakistan as Nano in India. The car from the sub-continent will be under $3000-00 ex-factory. eMail: haroon.rashid&akunet.orgl

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