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LG to start supplying parts for GM’s Bolt EV from this month

[THE INVESTOR] LG Electronics will start supplying parts for General Motors’ upcoming full-electric Chevrolet Bolt from later this month.

The Korean tech giant plans to supply 11 key parts, including motor, invertor and battery pack, for the next six years.

The car is expected to be launched in the fourth quarter. 


GM’s Chevrolet Bolt EV concept
GM’s Chevrolet Bolt EV concept


LG’s vehicle component is making a big push to secure more orders from global carmakers.

Industry watchers expect the division’s sales could surge to 3 trillion won (US$2.71 billion) this year, as compared to 1.8 trillion won last year.

“The VC division has posted a two-digit growth every year,” said Park Kyung-ryul, an executive director of the division, in a recent conference call. “We expect positive cash flows in the longer term.”

Despite its upbeat sales in recent months, it will take more time for the division to see profits. It will focus on securing more clients in the coming months.

LG was chosen as a telematics systems supplier for Toyota Motor’s new vehicles sold in Japan and North America. Currently, the company is No. 1 player in the global telematics market with some 30 percent market share.

By Lee Ji-yoon (jylee@heraldcorp.com)
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