Chevy Bolt = LG Bolt? −

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Published on June 23rd, 2016 | by James Ayre


Chevy Bolt = LG Bolt?

Originally published on CleanTechnica.

While we’ve alluded to the fact that the Korean firm LG is actually the force behind much of the Chevy Bolt in the past, we’ve never really gone into detail on the matter. It seems worth doing so….

It’s not an uncommon strategy amongst auto manufacturers these days to outsource much of the design and production — with many companies focusing solely on engines, maybe motors, etc. — but considering that the Chevy Bolt is intended as a Tesla competitor, it seems worth making a comparison. Tesla, it should be remembered, is somewhat atypical amongst many current auto manufacturers in that the company designs the vast majority of the elements in its vehicles.

Chevy Bolt


With regard to the Chevy/GM Bolt, a comment made by “flathillll” on the Tesla Motors Club forum has me laughing, so I’ll go ahead and post his overview below. Enjoy.

I used to have zero respect for GM. Now my respect has dropped below zero. Pretty sad they outsourced the heart & future of the company.

Prediction: Korea is going to buy GM the next time they go bankrupt.

LG supplied an array of new components and systems for the Chevrolet Bolt EV, including:

  • Electric Drive Motor
  • Power Inverter Module (converts DC power to AC for the drive unit)
  • On Board Charger
  • Electric Climate Control System Compressor
  • Battery Cells and Pack
  • High Power Distribution Module (manages the flow of high voltage to various components)
  • Battery Heater
  • Accessory Power Module (maintains low-voltage power delivery to accessories)
  • Power Line Communication Module (manages communication between vehicle and a DC charging station)
  • Instrument Cluster
  • Infotainment System

The commenter continued, noting, “I will never buy GM knowing what I know but I think it is great EVs are going mainstream. Pretty sad they had to outsource the heart of the vehicle to LG Chem. Not only was the whole battery (not just the cells) made by LG, the motor, inverter, charger, and much more. My respect level has gone from zero to below zero. The only way GM is going to compete when the Model 3 comes out is price. They will move production (really just assembly) of the Bolt out of the USA. Did you see now GM is importing cars made in China to the USA for the first time ever? They have no soul. A true corporate GRUNCH. Tesla is going to make cars in China to sell locally, not to undercut.”

Boom. While I agree with much of what’s stated above, though, I will note here that I actually have quite a good opinion of the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid (PHEV). It seems to very definitely be the best PHEV on the market. It’s too bad that GM seems to be looking to outsource so much, though….


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  • Przemysław Lib

    Sure ‘cuse:
    * lowering price tag
    * delivering at the earliest possible
    * picking second biggest supplier (after biggest one was already booked out)
    * providing features users just start to expect
    is bad thing.

    Soul selling in deed.

    In other words this “alaysis” was done by fanboy, emotions and brand was more important then any facts…

  • beardedman

    Tesla’s are great, in my opinion. But a car is still a way to get to places, not my soulmate or my friend. It’s transportation. Maybe it’s pretty cool transportation or it’s utilitarian transportation, but still…

    In 2016, most “brands” are just that. Names on a thing someone, someplace (perhaps many someones/places) built. Unless you are buying one of a very few items all made and controlled in-house, like a Rolex, you are not going to get a single maker product. (Even “Swiss” watches can have a small percentage of non-Swiss parts.) All-American Camaros are made in Canada from parts sourced globally. British Rolls Royce is owned by the German BMW Group. Ford Couriers were built by Mazda with parts from many other companies. Redneck Dodge products are really Italian. And your hero, Elon Musk was born in Pretoria, South Africa. So the fact that GM hired out another company somewhere to design and/or build all or part of the Bolt is not news. This is not 1950.

  • William


  • PeterPan

    If you ask me, it will boost the Bolt with a stamp of quality.

  • Martin Lacey

    LG have made the smart move in providing all these parts to Chevy. They can offer other manufacturers “off the shelf” parts for EV’s going forward. It also gives them the option of becoming a stand alone vehicle manufacturer in the future, if they desire. We’ve seen similar expansion in other markets by making for another company before branching out into competition.

    Chevy get a cheap car as LG have put in all the R&D. Cheap if they don’t have a long queue of eager buyers. Expensive if sales exceed expectations, if they are tied into a fixed price deal. Expensive in that they have very little “in house” experience, as everything has been outsourced.

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