GM in search of source of defects

TheStar Tue, Sep 14, 2021 08:10am - 2 years View Original

Safety first: General Motors assembly workers connect a battery pack underneath a partially assembled 2018 Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle on the assembly line at Orion Assembly in Lake Orion, Michigan. — Reuters

DETROIT: General Motors Co is taking a more direct role with South Korea’s LG Corp, its longtime electric vehicle (EV) partner, in tracking down and fixing problems linked to battery fires in Chevrolet Bolts that threaten the strategic plans of both companies.

At an investor conference on Friday, GM chief financial officer Paul Jacobson said LG is working with GM engineers to “clean up the manufacturing process” at LG battery plants and implement some “GM quality metrics.”

Battery plants in South Korea and Michigan operated by LG Energy Solution (LGES) have been identified by GM as the source of defects behind a rash of battery-related fires in the Bolt that have triggered three recalls and US$1.8bil (RM7.4bil) in warranty set-asides by GM since last November – recalls for which GM still has not implemented a hardware fix.


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