GM Starts Chevy Volt Battery Pack Production

Each Chevy Volt battery pack will have about 220 cells and cost about $8,000.

Published: 07-Jan-2010

ral Motors' assembly plant for its Chevy Volt battery is set to begin production on Thursday.

The company claims it will be "the first lithium ion battery pack manufacturing plant in the U.S. operated by a major automaker."

To be more precise, the 160,000 square-foot plant will be run by GM's wholly-owned subsidiary GM Subsystem Manufacturing. And the GM Brownstown Assembly Plant is just that: an assembly plant.

The Chevy Volt battery packs assembled at the plant in Brownstown Township, Mich.--about 20 miles south of Detroit--will consist of batteries manufactured by South Korea's LG Chem with cells from LG Chem subsidiary Compact Power.


Brilliance sedan on display at 2009 Detroit Auto Show.

Besides its F3DM, BYD also showed another plug-in hybrid, the F6DM, and the E6, a seven-seat electric van.

Chevrolet Volt Voltec Propulsion System relies on lithium ion batteries housed in center console 'T'. Photo credit: EV

Auto industry is beginning to make needed advances in battery technology to put a first wave of rechargeable electric cars like the Volt on the road.

Toyota FT-EV electric car has estimated 50 miles driving range on lithium ion batteries..

Along with making packs for a plug-in version of the Prius hybrid, Toyota sees an opportunity for additional revenue from supplying packs to rivals


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