Chrysler Pacifica PHEV contract marks first delivery of a complete pack for volume NA PHEV for LG Chem
Li-ion battery maker LG Chem will supply the 16-kWh Li-ion battery pack system and controls for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan. (Earlier post.) 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, 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 in North America. LG Chem will supply the completed battery packs, which integrate Li-ion cells, a number of electronic components, and control software.
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 battery pack—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.
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. 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.—LGCPI CEO Denise Gray
At the recent SAE 2016 Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technologies Symposium in Anaheim, Gray noted that LG Chem is in more than 50 vehicle programs spanning BEV, PHEV, HEV and micro-HEV systems. Some 490,000 vehicles are currently on the road using LG Chem cells/modules/batteries.