Bolt EV Powertrain: How Did GM And LG Collaborate On Design, Production?

In last fall’s runup to the launch of the production 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV 200-mile electric car, GM discussed working together with Korean corporate giant LG on the Bolt’s development.

Mark Reuss, GM’s head of global product development said in October that the company’s partnership with LG Chem was “unprecedented.”

The cooperation was formally announced more than four years ago, in August 2011, by GM’s then-CEO Dan Akerson and Juno Cho, president and chief operating officer of LG Corp.

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Since then, a few electric-car advocates have suggested that GM had outsourced Bolt EV development wholesale to its Korean partner.

The transcript of an October media roundtable on the strategic partnership–formally titled the “GM-LG Chevrolet Bolt EV Relationship Announcement”–gives more detail on the balance of conceptual, design, specification, testing, validation, and production responsibilities between GM and LG.

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