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Published on October 6th, 2015 | by Zachary Shahan


LG Chem To Open EV Battery Factory In Europe — Maybe In My City, Wroclaw!

October 6th, 2015 by  

Originally published on EV Obsession.

As many of you know, I’m from Florida but I’ve ended up in Wrocław, Poland. I’ve now lived here for over 7 years. It’s a beautiful city of ~1 million and has several large international employers sucking off the blood of the insane number of young adults who go to college/university here and then also stick around to settle down. LG is one of those employers. It has LG Electronics, LG Display, and LG Innotek arms here.

Photo by Jeffrey Sauger for Chevrolet

Photo by Jeffrey Sauger for Chevrolet

Getting to the point of the story, LG Chem recently announced that it is looking to open an EV battery manufacturing plant in Europe that will produce ~50,000 EV batteries a year… and Wrocław is reportedly the top contender for that.

By volume, Panasonic is currently the largest producer of electric vehicle battery cells, specifically because it produces the battery cells for Tesla Motors. However, LG Chem seems to have the most agreements with automakers to supply them with lithium-ion batteries. This includes big players like GM, the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Daimler/Mercedes, and Volkswagen Group (which has Audi, Porsche, SEAT, Škoda, and Volkswagen, among others, under its umbrella… for now).

At the moment, LG Chem has a South Korea EV battery factory that can pump out 200,000 batteries a year as well as a factory in Holland, Michigan, that can pump out 50,000 batteries a year. It is building a factory in China that will be able to produce 100,000 EV batteries a year.

Getting up to a total production capacity of 400,000 batteries a year is nice, but I hope LG has much bigger plans than that for the coming years. If it wants to become the #1 EV battery manufacturer on the planet, I think it’ll need to ramp up production very quickly to meet the surge in EV demand we’re going to see within the coming few years. And that’s only more true when you look at recent EV battery cost projections from GM/LG Chem.

Furthermore, 400,000 small batteries ≠ 400,000 large batteries, and the EV world should be shifting to large batteries, like GM’s Chevy Bolt (and a yet-to-be-named European version of the Bolt) will use.

Here’s a Bolt-load of related stories for more of the backstory:

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500-Kilometer All-Electric Audi SUV Will Use LG Chem + Samsung SDI Battery Cells

New Report On EV Battery Market Details Potential Path For LG Chem EV Battery Growth

Samsung SDI + LG Chem Top Recent Business Assessment Of Lithium-Ion Battery Manufacturers

LG Chem Trying To Steal Tesla’s Home Battery Storage Thunder?

LG Chem Pushes Australian Battery Storage Prices Further Down The Curve

h/t electrek

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is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species) with the power of the word. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor, but he's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

  • Lee

    I work for LG Chem and i think there is some misunderstanding about production capacity that needs correction. It’s enough capacity to supply batteries for 400,000 electric vehicles, and not producing just 400,000 battery cells per year.
    (FYI, usual automotive battery cells have capacity of 30~100Ah depends on the manufacturer. Even we assume 100Ah, 400,000 battery cells are just 148MWh. (100Ah X 3.7V X 400,000)

    With a little exaggeration I could produce 148MWh by hand with a few hundred workers.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Batteries is a problematic word. It is used for both battery cells and battery packs.

      My understanding is that LG Chem is building more than one new factory and when they are complete LG will have the capacity to produce enough cells for about 450,000 battery packs (450,000 EVs), Rather than going the very large Gigafactory route of Panasonic/Tesla LG will have multiple smaller plants scattered around the world.

      Of course both companies are likely only starting. Tesla announced tentative plans for their second Gigafactory a few days ago. Possibly located in South Africa.

  • NRG4All

    Zach, I really enjoy your articles and often refer to them when proselytizing for renewable energy. It would be really useful if you were to create a part of the web site that would just be a compendium of all the Cleantechnica articles and perhaps even sortable by subject and also date. Users could then look up articles easily for review.

  • joe

    Electric cars are expensive and environmentally damaging, think about it. Best solution is don’t drive, walk or ride a bike.

    • Marion Meads

      Yeah, don’t live. Start by being an example. Dig your own hole and cover yourself, at least you’ll become fertilizer.

      • joe

        What is this? A school for ants?

  • JamesWimberley

    Breslau was easier to pronounce and spell than Wrocław (with the slashed l, /ˈvrɒtswəf/). That’s settled of course. There is a real problem with the name “Kaliningrad” for Kant’s Königsberg. All the other Russian cities renamed after Stalin’s toadies have regained their old names; but Kaliningrad survives, there being no earlier Slavic name. I suggest going back to the Old Prussian Twangste. There aren’t any Old Prussians left to mount an independence movement.

    • KM

      There aren’t any Jews who survived the Holocaust left in … Wrocław either. Prussians along with other fellow Germans were busy a few decades ago killing them and other nationalities by the millions and now are getting a bit grumpy because of some lost territory?

      As to Kaliningrad it had lots of names in the past including Królewiec in Polish and Karaliaučius in Lithuanian. As you say there are no Old Prussians left so let’s leave the names of cities to people who actually live there now.

      What’s the point of discussing history on this website though?

  • Marion Meads

    Great! We need more gigafactories the world over. If they can get quickly down to $100/kWh capacity, then it isn’t only for EV’s, it will have tremendous other applications.

  • Jan Veselý

    How it is to live in a city between lignite and hard coal mining basins?

    • Brent Jatko

      Seems like they need some battery innovation in that area.

    • Perceptions regarding energy are quite warped here… and global warming. I think I’ll leave it at that 😛

  • Basar

    Isn’t battery production very energy intentsive? Shouldn’t it be put in a place with lower energy costs and cleaner energy? What about Norway?

    • Philip W

      You can build RE pretty easily, but cheap labour not so much.

      I don’t have numbers but I’d imagine that wages are quite a bit higher in Norway than in Poland.

  • partyzant

    Czyżby autor tekstu był Polakiem??? or only lives in Poland?

    • Jan Veselý

      Pierwsze zdanie:
      As many of you know, I’m from Florida but I’ve ended up in Wrocław, Poland.

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