LG Chem, one of the world’s leading automotive battery suppliers, announced today it will supply the 16-kilowatt-per-hour battery packs to be found in the 2017 Chrysler Pacfica Hybrid. The South Korean-based company is also in contracts with Ford and General Motors to produce hybrid battery packs and has supplied the technology to automakers like Audi, Volvo, Hyundai, Renault and more.
The entire hybrid battery pack in the Pacifica Hybrid, including the battery cells and battery management system, will be made at LG Chem’s plant in Holland, Michigan. The company added an additional line to the Holland facility last year in order to accommodate production of the Pacifica Hybrid battery packs and hired an additional 100 employees, making for a total of 330.
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica hybrid’s 16-kWh battery pack will provide a total electric range of 30 miles. When combined with the range from the 3.6-liter V6 engine, the Pacifica Hybrid will return the equivalent of 80 MPGe. Unfortunately, the batteries must be stored underneath the floor like in many other hybrids, meaning the Stow ‘N Go seating loved by so many Chrysler minivan buyers is not available in the Pacifica Hybrid.