If the world is really going to start using electric cars en masse, it is going to take the collective resources of many of the world’s biggest companies to make it happen. So hot on the heels of Toyota and Ford’s announcement of teaming up on hybrid tech, GM announced today that it will partner with LG to build electric vehicles.
GM and LG, like Ford and Toyota, have previously worked together. Specifically, LG provides the lithium-ion batteries used in the Chevy Volt and Opel Ampera. What exactly this partnership means for the two companies is anybody’s guess, as the press release is long on back-patting and short on details. There is mention of EV tech and vehicle architecture, which could mean the two companies are jointly developing an electric vehicle from the ground up.
It could also indicate that GM really, truly does intend to bring its EN-V pods into production inAsia(notice the press release says “electric vehicles,” not “electric cars.”) LG is, after all, a company based in South Korea, and GM has been building up its presence inAsia. It could also have to do with the all-electric Chevy Beat, electric motorcycles and scooters, and other vehicles as well. We’ll have to wait and see what happens. I’ve got high expectations for the New GM, and this new-old partnership feels like a good idea. I’d love to see a GM-Hyundai alliance though; the two companies could potentially learn a lot from each other. What companies would you like to see GM partner up with to build EV’s?
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.