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Published on May 7th, 2013 | by Tim Tyler

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LG Chem To Start EV Car Battery Plant In US



lg chemSouth Korea’s LG Chem, the world’s third-largest maker of lithium-ion batteries, is planning to start production at its Michigan battery cell manufacturing plant later this year.

LG Chem had actually planned to start production earlier this year, but it cited lower-than-projected demand as the reason for the delay. Now, production should start at the manufacturing facility in July or August.

LG Chem is aiming to produce enough battery cells annually at this Michigan plant to equip 60,000 electric vehicles.

The lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing plant in Michigan was built with the help of US government funding, $151 million of it. The total construction cost was around $304 million for the manufacturing plant.

LG Chem supplies electric car batteries for GM’s Volt, Ford’s Focus Electric, and the Renault SA from its South Korean facilities.



Kim Jong-hyun, head of LG Chem’s battery division, is optimistic about the EV market. There were high hopes for the market early on that have been tough (i.e. impossible) to reach, but the technology is moving forward nicely and sales are picking up. As electric car prices go down, the market will expand, Kim notes. He sees plug-in electric vehicles as having more promise, since they are more efficient and allow automakers to hit emissions targets and better market their cars.

Naturally, Reuters (which seems to have a clear anti-EV agenda for some reason), put a negative spin on EVs throughout its coverage of this story. I guess that’s a guarantee over there right now.

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  • Ferd Roseboom

    “Naturally, Reuters (which seems to have a clear anti-EV agenda for some reason), put a negative spin on EVs…” I noted that too. Anyone know who owns Reuters?

    • James Wimberley

      It’s owned by Thomson Reuters, a diversified Canadian media and data conglomerate – rather like Bloomberg. Canadian politics has swung sharply anti-green in recent years, so there may be a cultural bias. Thomson has no rival to Bloomberg in the green data business.

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