U.S. Gov't Seeks Public Comment on LG Chem Battery Plant

800,000 sq ft facility could receive $151M in DOE funding should LG Chem decide to build on Holland, Mi site.

Published: 12-Jan-2010

HOLLAND, Mich. - The federal government is asking for public comment on a proposal to build a $303 million electric car battery plant in Holland.

The 800,000-square-foot facility would make lithium ion batteries to be used in new electric cars, such as the Chevy Volt. It likely would be built on 80 acres of vacant land located northeast of South Waverly Road and East 48th Street.

The vacant land is "owned by a land holding company controlled by Prince Broekhuizen. She is the widow of local industrialist Edgar Prince and mother of Betsy DeVos, Michigan's former Republican chairwoman and Erik Prince, founder of the Blackwater USA security firm," according to The Grand Rapids Press.


Brilliance sedan on display at 2009 Detroit Auto Show.

Besides its F3DM, BYD also showed another plug-in hybrid, the F6DM, and the E6, a seven-seat electric van.

Chevrolet Volt Voltec Propulsion System relies on lithium ion batteries housed in center console 'T'. Photo credit: EV World.com

Auto industry is beginning to make needed advances in battery technology to put a first wave of rechargeable electric cars like the Volt on the road.

Toyota FT-EV electric car has estimated 50 miles driving range on lithium ion batteries..

Along with making packs for a plug-in version of the Prius hybrid, Toyota sees an opportunity for additional revenue from supplying packs to rivals


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