LG chooses Fort Worth for its first EV charger factory in U.S.
An innovative factory that makes EV products has opened in Fort Worth: LG Electronics opened its first factory in the U.S. for assembling electric vehicle charging stations in Fort Worth.
Located at 2153 Eagle Pkwy., north of Perot Field Fort Worth Alliance Airport, north of north Fort Worth, the new EV charger production factory is designed to support the growing EV charging infrastructure in the U.S. and marks LG’s entry into the U.S. EV charger market.
At a ribbon-cutting, Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker - who was joined by LG Electronics senior executives Alec Jang, President of the LG Electronics Business Solutions Company; H.K. Suh, head of LG’s EV Charging business division; and Nicolas Min, President of LG Business Solutions USA - called it "a great day for Fort Worth."
"We take pride in knowing that LG’s advanced EV charging stations that will be deployed across the United States will be built right here in Fort Worth," she said.
The factory will have an annual production capacity of more than 10,000 units.
Initially, it'll occupy about 60,000 square feet of the 100,000-square-foot building, with room for expansion as the business grows in the years ahead.
The new plant builds on LG’s longtime presence as a corporate citizen in Fort Worth, where its million-square-foot distribution center for consumer electronics and home appliances has been located for three decades.
A release notes that the U.S. will need hundreds of thousands of new Level 2 and Level 3 chargers to support the growing number of EVs on the road. LG has developed EV charging stations for hotels, restaurants, venues, transit hubs, municipal buildings, and other locations, who can set their own rates, earn profits, and ensure enough capacity to meet local demands.
The first products now being assembled in Fort Worth are Level 2 AC Chargers with a load management solution and variable current settings enabling 11kW of output power through a standard SAE J1772 connector.
The Level 2 AC Charger is designed for simple wall mounting with an optional stand that enables placement anywhere.
Starting in the second quarter, the plant will assemble LG’s first Level 3 DC Charger, a stand-type model with a connected Power Bank that provides fast charging up to 175kW through CCS1 and NACS connectors. The Level 3 model will feature a large outdoor LCD touch-screen display that can serve multiple functions for various owners and scenarios.
In addition, 350kW ultra-fast-chargers are on this year’s product roadmap.
LG Business Solutions USA serves commercial customers in the U.S. lodging and hospitality, digital signage, systems integration, healthcare, education, government and industrial markets with commercial displays, robots, and EV charging stations.