The factory will use lithium-ion
battery cells shipped to the US from LG
Chem in South Korea and assemble them into battery packs. The
battery pack will be the most crucial element for the
Chevrolet Volt, which is scheduled to go into production at the
Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant late next year. GM has been testing
battery packs using cells from LG Chem since August of 2006.
"The design, development and production of advanced batteries
must be a core competency for GM, and we've been rapidly building our
capability and resources to support this direction," stated GM's
former Chairman Rick Wagoner last year.
"This is a further demonstration of our commitment to the
electrification of the automobile and to the Chevrolet Volt - a
commitment that now totals more than $1 billion."
Chevy Volt, which GM
claims can achive 230 mpg in city driving, is one of General
important new products as it tries to shift
to electrified vehicles.
The close proximity to the Volt
assembly plant was a major factor in choosing the location, as
was the ease of conversion into its new role. The new facility is
expected to create over 100 new jobs when it begins production next
LG Chem's CEO Peter Kim has previously stated that it
may produce lithium-ion battery cells in Michigan if there is enough
demand. That would be additional good news for Michigan, which is
suffering from an unemployment rate in excess of 15 percent.
quote: The factory will use lithium-ion battery cells shipped to the US from LG Chem in South Korea and assemble them into battery packs.
quote: Perhaps the slogan "Heartbeat of America" really has no meaning anymore for GM.
quote: That's a cheap shot - I would expect better from you.
quote: Sure, the government could meddle more in trade as you suggest they should,
quote: Both these factors are choices that we Americans made and that GM has no control over.
quote: you know what a cheap shot is? Taking billions and billions of dollars in bailouts from middle class Americans, and putting that money towards a product that most of the taxpayers cannot afford, while not using it to create as many jobs and bring the manufacturing back to America like the majority of the people here want.
quote: And these "Americans" you speak of, they are outraged at a $10 Billion bailout for the Auto Industry that produces a very large amount of jobs, yet over $1000 Billion dollars to bail out the financial industry with only a fraction of the jobs is OK?
quote: while not using it to create as many jobs and bring the manufacturing back to America like the majority of the people here want.
quote: In reality, I would guess they are being sourced from South Korea due to (a) lower labor costs, (b) lower material costs, and (c) less stringent environmental regulations. Both these factors are choices that we Americans made and that GM has no control over. Sure, the government could meddle more in trade as you suggest they should, but there are almost always unintended consequences. History has proved this time and time again.
quote: I drive a 2009 F-150 and 2009 Navigator.