LG Chem has developed new lithium-ion batteries that will be good enough to offer an EV a range of 200 miles, and while it is unlikely that Tesla will make use of this latest technology, there is a good chance that General Motors will. There are now rumors to suggest that the 2016 Chevy Volt could have a 200 miles plus range.
Let’s get one thing straight, LG Chem has yet to announce which automaker will be using the new batteries, but since they have worked with GM and Chevrolet before, and the fact that General Motors has claimed to have been working on an EV that is capable of going 200 miles on a single charge, it is easy to see why such an assumption has been made.
2016 Chevy Volt vs. Tesla Model 3 — If this is the case, then it is clear to see that GM is looking ahead to take on the Tesla Model 3 in late 2016 or early 2017. All versions of the Model S currently offer a range of more than 200 miles, and so it stands to reason that its next model will also.
Seeing as though the Model 3 range will be over 200 miles, then the next generation Chevy Volt has to as well, which is also another reason why a deal with LG Chem is highly likely.
This could be pivotal for GM because the all-new Chevy Volt is expected to cost about $30,000, whereas the Model 3 could cost around $35,000 – $40,000. We guess it will all come down to features and mileage, so which of the two do you think will win the EV showdown?