There's a theme going around with electric cars: Two companies are better than one.
The latest duo to ink a deal is General Motors
By co-developing electric cars, GM hopes to accelerate the typically multiyear design and development process. The companies are already business partners: LG currently supplies the lithium-ion battery cells used in the Chevy Volt and its European cousin, the Opel Ampera. The new deal will allow LG to contribute to the design structure beyond just the battery itself.
Neither company has given a lot of detail on what models will be jointly developed or even what exactly LG will contribute. The timing coincides with the confirmation of the Cadillac ELR entering production, so that vehicle is a possible candidate although it's still a plug-in hybrid.
This may come as a bit of a snub to A123 Systems
There are a lot of deals being made to accelerate the transition to electric cars. This might have something (or quite a bit) to do with a new federal mandate for car makers to increase their average miles per gallon to 54.5 by 2025. There's a lot to look forward to over the next 10 to 15 years in the auto industry. Personally, I favor Ford and Tesla as my stocks in the sector.
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