Korean battery maker LG Chem will supply the 16 kWh Li-ion battery pack system and controls for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan.
LG Chem Power CEO Denise Gray recently noted that LG Chemâ€™s cells, modules and batteries are currently powering some 490,000 vehicles, spanning all levels of electrification from micro-hybrids to BEVs. However, the agreement with Chrysler marks the first time LG Chem will engineer and manufacture a complete battery pack for a US-produced PHEV.
The Pacifica Hybrid was introduced at the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and is scheduled for a late 2016 launch. It will be the first mass-produced hybrid minivan in North America. LG Chem will manufacture the cells and packs at its Holland, Michigan facility.
â€œOur 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,â€ said Denise Gray. â€œOur technical strengths, engineering and manufacturing expertise position us as a leading battery and control system provider for electric vehicles today and in the future.â€