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U.S. President Barack Obama gets out of a Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery

President Barack Obama dropped into Holland, MI on Thursday to pay a visit to the site where LG Chem is building a factory to produce lithium ion cells for electric and hybrid vehicles. While he was there, he had a chance to check out two of the cars that will eventually be powered by the cells produced in Holland.

We've known for a year and a half that General Motors would use LG Chem cells in the Chevrolet Volt. Earlier this week we heard from Ford that it would also use LG Chem cells for the Focus Electric that will debut next year. Both a Volt and Focus prototype were on hand at the plant. We're pretty sure that Obama didn't have a chance to drive either of the cars, but both are benefiting significantly from the 2009 stimulus act that he pushed through Congress. LG Chem received over $151 million toward the cost of the facility.


  • US President Barack Obama gets out of an electric Chevy Volt following a groundbreaking ceremony for Compact Power's new advanced battery factory in Holland, Michigan, July 15, 2010. The plant will build batteries for electric vehicles including the Chevrolet Volt and Ford Focus. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) *** THIRD PARTY Editorial Rights Have Been Purchased by Chevrolet for Editorial Use by print and online media.
  • US President Barack Obama stands alongside an electric Chevrolet Volt and Holland, Michigan, Mayor Kurt Dykstra (C) and Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm (R) following a groundbreaking ceremony for Compact Power's new advanced battery factory in Holland, Michigan, July 15, 2010. The plant will build batteries for electric vehicles including the Chevrolet Volt and Ford Focus. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) *** THIRD PARTY Editorial Rights Have Been Purchased by Chevrolet for Editorial Use by print and online media.
  • US President Barack Obama looks at an electric Chevy Volt following a groundbreaking ceremony for Compact Power's new advanced battery factory in Holland, Michigan, July 15, 2010. The plant will build batteries for electric vehicles including the Chevrolet Volt and Ford Focus. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) **** THIRD PARTY Editorial Rights Have Been Purchased by Chevrolet for Editorial Use by print and online media.

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      • 4 Months Ago
      Seems like everyone who drives an EV becomes converted.
      Did Mr. Obama get a test drive?

        • 4 Months Ago
        No. He wasn't in town for that long.
      • 4 Months Ago
      Will it be just a matter of time before Ford directs the JCI-Saft plant just down the road to use LG cells instead of Saft cells? That would alter JCI-Safts revenue and profit plans for that plant.