LG Chem is the Korean battery manufacturer GM has chosen to supply lithium ion cells for the Chevy Volt’s battery pack. The company was chosen based on its chemistry, cost, production capacity, purity standards, and ability to deliver on time.
Prabakhar Patil is the CEO of Compact Power Inc, an LG subsidiary that helped GM design the Volt’s integrated pack. His company will continue to partner with GM on further pack development even though GM itself will be taking over on pack assembly and future pack design.
If any doubts remain about GM’s or LG’s ability to deliver, Patil told Reuters that Volt production remains “on schedule” for production launch in November 2010.
He noted that GM is pressing ahead on the Volt program despite financial difficulties.
“From GM’s side, it’s their highest priority program,” said Patil. “I continue to see the same kind of commitment. I don’t see any near term or imminent issues.”
These sentiments are regularly echoed by the GM team executive team responsible for building the Volt. In fact today, GM’s VP of Energy and Environment Beth Lowery said “that despite the current economic challenges and the fact that we are undergoing great changes to reinvent the company, resources for “green” initiatives are being preserved.”
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