One piece of news worth noting from the end of last week was the announcement that General Motors (NYSE:GM) and LG Group (LG) have agreed to extend their partnership on lithium batteries and electric vehicles. LG Chem currently supplies the battery packs for the Chevy Volt and the Opel Ampera (the Volt's cousin intended for the European market).
This is obviously another piece of good news for the world of electric vehicles as it shows GM's confidence and commitment to the EV market. Recently, GM has now announced:
- A deal with A123 Systems (AONE) for the supply of battery packs related to an unnamed battery-electric vehicle. For more detail see here.
- The development of a hybrid version of the Cadillac Converj. See here.
- An expanded deal with LG Group over future full battery-electric (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).
"The definitive agreement signed Wednesday will help GM expand the number and types of electric vehicles it makes and sells by using LG’s proven expertise in batteries and other systems. For LG, the arrangement represents a widening of its portfolio as an automotive solution provider ...
The success of the extended-range propulsion system in the Volt and Ampera led to exploring other collaborations in the electrification of the automobile. Teams of LG and GM engineers will work on key components, as well as vehicle structures and architectures."
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