LG Chem Battery Pack, Technology to Power All-New Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Minivan

  • LG Chem to supply FCA US LLC with completed battery packs designed and
    assembled in its Michigan facilities.
  • Chrysler Pacifica is the first mass-produced hybrid minivan.

TROY, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery maker LG Chem announced it will supply the
16-kWh Li-ion battery pack system and controls for the 2017 Chrysler
Pacifica Hybrid minivan. The Pacifica Hybrid, scheduled to be launched
in late 2016 and introduced at the North American International Auto
Show in Detroit, will be the first mass-produced hybrid minivan. LG Chem
will supply the completed battery packs, which integrate Li-ion cells, a
number of electronic components, and control software, for the new
minivan.

LG Chem will manufacture the cells and packs at the LG Chem Michigan
(LGCMI) facility in Holland, Michigan. The entire battery pack was
engineered at its Troy, Michigan, facility (LGCPI), including hardware,
software, prototypes, packs and electronics, such as the battery
management system.

The agreement with FCA US marks the first time LG Chem will engineer and
manufacture a complete battery pack in Michigan for a volume production
North American PHEV.

The Pacifica Hybrid, the industry’s first electrified minivan, can run
up to 30 miles (48 kilometers) on electricity only and achieve an
estimated 80 MPGe in the city. The battery pack – neatly packaged under
the second row floor in a new battery case – may be fully recharged in
as little as two hours using a 240-volt plug-in system. When the
battery’s energy is depleted to a certain threshold, the Pacifica Hybrid
becomes a part-time electric vehicle, like a conventional hybrid.

For the past two years the industry has been watching closely to see who
would be chosen to supply batteries for this electric-powered vehicle,
as the contract requires the creation of powerful, highly-reliable and
safe batteries utilizing advanced technology.

“Our experience with entire battery packs, including cell design and
manufacturing capability, as well as our expertise in vehicle
integration, makes us the ideal battery supplier for the Pacifica
Hybrid,” said LGCPI CEO Denise Gray. “We believe our technical
strengths, engineering and manufacturing expertise, position us as a
leading battery and control system provider for electric vehicles today
and in the future.”

About LG Chem Power Inc.

LG Chem Power Inc. (LGCPI) is a North American subsidiary of LG Chem
Ltd., responsible for complete battery system designs for the North
American market.

About LG Chem Michigan Inc.

LG Chem Michigan Inc. (LGCMI) manufactures large lithium-ion polymer
batteries for electric vehicle (EV) and stationary energy storage
applications. LGCMI is a wholly-owned subsidiary of LG Chem. Come join
the leader in advanced EV batteries! www.lgchemjobs.com

About LG Chem Ltd.

LG Chem Ltd. is a globally diversified chemical company that operates
three main business units: Petrochemicals, IT & Electronic Materials,
and Energy Solutions, and is one of the world’s largest Li-ion battery
manufacturers with significant market share in consumer, automotive and
stationary applications. The company manufactures a wide range of
products, from petrochemical goods to high-value added plastics, and
extends its chemical expertise into industry-leading Li-ion battery
solutions for all applications. For more information, please visit http://www.lgchem.com.

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