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Auto supplier powers Chrysler Pacifica hybrid
The battery pack in the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan will be made in West Michigan.
Lithium-ion battery maker LG Chem announced yesterday that it will supply its 16-kWh Li-ion battery pack system and controls for the vehicle, which is scheduled to be launched in late 2016 and introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
LG Chem will make the cells and packs at the LG Chem Michigan, Inc., or LGCMI, facility in Holland.
The entire battery pack was engineered at the company’s LG Chem Power, Inc., or LGCPI, facility in Troy, 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 make a complete battery pack in Michigan for a volume production North American PHEV.
LG Chem said the Pacifica Hybrid will be the first mass-produced hybrid minivan.
The company said that 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.
The Pacifica Hybrid can run up to 30 miles on electricity 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 about 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.
“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,” said Denise Gray, CEO, LGCPI.
LG Chem Power is a North American subsidiary of LG Chem Ltd., responsible for complete battery system designs for the North American market.