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2011 Chevrolet Volt

Ever since that cold day in January when the Chevrolet Volt concept rolled onto the stage at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show, the single biggest question has been the battery. More specifically, could GM find a lithium ion battery that would provide 40 miles of range on a charge, last the life of the car and not drive the price into the stratosphere?

Although we still don't have any independent evidence that GM has achieved those goals, the company does claim to be meeting its targets. The first step on the path was evaluating more than two dozen battery suppliers in spring of 2007 followed by the awarding of two development contracts in June of last year. Although Bob Lutz acknowledged that one of those battery suppliers was in the lead last June and in August acknowledged that one had been selected to supply batteries for production, no official announcement had been made.

Reuters is now reporting that Korea's LG Chem and its US subsidiary Compact Power Inc, has won out over the team of Continental and A123 Systems. The official announcement from GM isn't expected until sometime in November. The hold up seems to be that GM and CPI are still negotiating the commercial details including how they will split warranty costs. This latter issue is expected to be a critical factor for the first generation Volt as no one has ever used batteries like this in a high volume automotive applications before.

[Source: Reuters]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Too bad for A123...GE just dumped a bunch of cash their way. Love the fact that so many suppliers had a chance to fight for GM business.

      If oil is under $60 a barrel in a year or two then GM's huge investment might get returns like the EV1 did...ouch!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        The price of oil is the biggest concern for this vehicle, but I believe that the wheels are started to turn already and there is no way back. Electric cars are in our future and sooner because of the price of $140 oil.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If oil stays "low" 60-90 Volt will not do all that great. But if GM will be able to reduce the price to about 30K without any tax breaks and without sacrificing much in Volts ability to bring money in, in that case Volt can succeed.

        I look at it this way, Toyota and Honda are making far cheaper hybrids, i look at who's management is smarter and i have to say that GM maybe in trouble here.

        • 6 Years Ago
        I very much doubt that even if the oil price is way down it would be a waste... the Prius came out when oil was NOT that high... It is a needed product in the market and it only needs to get DEVELOPED.
      • 6 Years Ago
      LG Group is a large South Korean conglomerate (the second-largest one after gigatic Korean Samsung), that produces electronics, mobile phones, and petrochemical products and operates subsidiaries like LG Electronics, LG Display Corp (fmr. LG-Philips Inc.), Zenith Electronics and LG Chem/Compact Power Inc. in over 80 countries.

      - LG came up with the idea (touch screen mobile phone) way before Apple even introduced its Iphone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxUDNOyjZIU

      - LG's own Digital TV Technology (just like GM choosing high-quality Korean-made batteries) was chosen for the US Digital TV standard: http://www.audioholics.com/news/press-releases/lg-electronics-e-vsb-adopted-for-dtv-standard-by-atsc

      - LG Display Corp. (Fmr. LG-Philips Inc.) supplies its S-IPS LCD Panels to such companies like Apple (Cinema Display Series Monitors), HP and Dell among others: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Cinema_Display

      Hope this helps.
      Truth Hurts
        • 6 Years Ago
        We know who LG is, but where are the details on the batteries. A123s are considered the best on the market. People buy Dewalt packs just to tear them apart to get the A123s. A123's last thousands of cycles.

        LG Chem batteries??
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