After Paying People Not To Work, The Tide Has Turned
The Michigan battery plant known for paying its workers to do nothing has turned things around and is now hiring more workers, specifically to do something. South Korea-based LG Chem, which runs the factory to supply the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in vehicle with its lithium-ion batteries, held a job fair recently to bring on 40 new employees in order to meet higher battery demand, according to WZZM, the ABC affiliate for Grand Rapids, MI.
Formula E has revealed the circuit layout for the Buenos Aires ePrix, which will take place on January 10, 2015. The 1.5-mile track designed by Santiago Garcia Remohi features 12 turns of varying speeds. Bruno Senna, driver for Mahindra Racing, says, "Looking at the track, you have to say it's got a good combination of corners. There's a chicane, some high-speed turns with a change of direction and slow-speed as well." The third race of the all-electric series' inaugural season will take place i
The electric vehicles that Renault offers today are having a bit of difficulty attracting customers. Maybe 180 miles of range could make prospective car buyers shed their anxiety. That's what Renault and LG Chem might one day find out, since the two giants signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) last week to co-develop battery technology for long-range EVs.
Panasonic's standing in the plug-in and hybrid battery production industry has zoomed ahead like a Tesla Model S taking off from a standstill. That's appropriate because the Japanese company's relationship with the California-based automaker has been the primary reason for its growth, which looks like it will continue to be rapid.
As General Motors gets ready to release the 2015 Chevy Spark EV, it is retooling the Brownstown Battery Assembly to build a new battery system for the chirpy little electric car. The new Spark will lose a few pounds and kWh from its lithium-ion pack, but it will keep all of it's performance specs.
Problems at the LG Chem battery plant in Holland, MI continue, now with a new issue bringing the Environmental Protection Agency into the mix. Apparently, the LG plant has been using a chemical that hasn't actually been certified for use in the US. LG Chem is a South Korean company that already has a history of problems at the Holland plant, where it (sometimes) makes batteries for the Chevy Volt.
It's been a long road, but the LG Chem battery plant in Holland, MI has finally started making lithium-ion batteries for the Chevy Volt. As promised, the first production packs were made in July and are currently "settling" (a process that li-ion batteries need to go through) and will be delivered to General Motors in "late September or early October," according to LG Chem spokesman Randy Boileau, who spoke with MLive.
It looks like the last hand's been played at those reputed card games that not-so-busy employees at LG Chem's lithium-ion battery factory in Michigan were playing. The South Korean company is planning to start production of batteries for the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in in July, with the first batteries rolling off the factory's three assembly lines by end of summer, the Detroit Free Press reports. US Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI) is using the announcement to call the partially government-b
Remember the story last fall about workers at battery maker LG Chem's Holland, MI-based plant who were sitting idle? Well, the feds have investigated and the news isn't good. The US Department of Energy (DOE) released an audit earlier this month (PDF) that revealed that not a single production lithium-ion battery has been built at the plant and employees have been finding other things to spend their time doing while being paid taxpayer money.
The reports were spot on. The LG Chem battery plant in Holland, MI – which was intended to make batteries for the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, but has not yet started production – is not only furloughing its 200 employees, those breaks are "extending and expanding," according to reports on local TV news station WZZM 13, citing statements from the company. The rolling furloughs started April 30.
Despite rising Chevrolet Volt sales – September was the second record sales month in a row – not all is well in Volt productionville. According to local TV news reports, the Western Michigan LG Chem plant that makes the battery packs for GM's plug-in hybrid does not have enough work to keep all of its workers busy.
We already knew that the Renault-Nissan alliance is willing to invest over $5 billion in electric vehicles. Details on how all that money will be spent has been trickling out, and today's announcement is one more piece of the pie.
General Motors and LG Group (the massive South Korean conglomerate that owns LG Chem) will expand the batteries-for-vehicles relationship they've had for the past several years. LG supplies the cells used in the Chevrolet Volt's battery pack and also worked with GM on a demonstration fleet of electric Chevy Cruzes.
The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) – a research collaboration between Chrysler, Ford and General Motors – has awarded LG Chem Power a $9.62-million development contract to focus on reducing the cost of lithium-ion battery packs for plug-in hybrid vehicles with 40 miles of electric-only range (PHEV 40).