Following numerous trials and tests, GM and LG, in February this year, has realized the Chevrolet Bolt EV dream and plan to put it into production at GM’s Orion plant in Michigan, with the roll out starting late 2016.
The Chevrolet Bolt EV offers customers the first long-range, affordable EV that packs an all-in-one package, including infotainment; battery systems; component development; electric motor design; battery control; system validation; and vehicle body/system integration. Engineers at both sides have considered different vehicle architectures, electric driving ranges and performance options for the Bolt EV before deciding the vehicle must be affordable and deliver 321 km plus (200-plus miles) of all-electric driving with spirited performance.
A vast array of modules and components for the Bolt EV are courtesy of LG; the list consists of Electric Drive Motor, Power Invertor, On Board Charger, Electric Climate Control System Compressor, Battery Cells and Pack, High Power Distribution module, Battery Heater, Accessory Power module, Power Line Communication module, Instrument Cluster and Infotainment System. Via an investment of USD250 million to the Bolt EV venture, LG and its group of companies play a major role to support component development and manufacturing.
GM’s relationship with LG started in 2007 when LG Electronics was tasked with supplying the vehicle communications module for OnStar, GM’s exclusive telematics system. Another LG-owned company, LG Chem, and GM have a long-standing relationship as the company was chosen to be the sole supplier of battery cells for the first-generation Chevrolet Volt, which came out in 2010.
After delivering exceptional quality for the more than 23 million cells with less than two problems per million cells produced for the first-generation Chevrolet Volt, GM again turned to the LG to co-develop the next-generation Chevrolet Bolt EV. That vision had been realized as the Bolt EV got its anticipated debut at the 2015 NAIAS and soon, its production roll out in the Fall of next year.