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Anybody else is concerned about the fact that all of Chevy's EVs will be made in Mexico? Most manufacturers that did that had their quality go down.

Also, anyone concerned they are still using LG batteries? (even though they're different technology than the ones that catch fire).

I really like the price and spece, but worried about these 2 issues.
 

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No for both.

LG battery issue was with manufacturing. I'm sure they learned their mistakes and upped their quality. This could be beneficial.

A lot of cars are built in Mexico and are great in quality. Most car assembly is now automated; quality control and design is what matters the most and that depends on investment, not country of origin. For example, Mach-E is built in Mexico and has much better quality than cars built in Fremont by Tesla.
 

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The Equinox will probably be badged "Assembled in Mexico". I think most parts will still be sourced from outside. Its the QC that will make or break.

Lots of cars are being manufactured there to date plus the fact that this won't be GM's first EV. So not much of a concern for me either.
 

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GM confirmed that the Equinox will be built at the GM Ramos Arizpe plant. No issues for me at all that it's being built there.

 

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No for both.

LG battery issue was with manufacturing. I'm sure they learned from their mistakes and upped their quality. This could be beneficial.

A lot of cars are built in Mexico and are great in quality. Most car assembly is now automated; quality control and design is what matters the most and that depends on investment, not country of origin. For example, Mach-E is built in Mexico and has much better quality than cars built in Fremont by Tesla.

Oh, yeah...But beating Tesla is a very low bar to cross. I'm the kind of person who likes to keep cars for 10-15 years...So I want to make sure it will make it. I like the Ultium platform, since if one cell goes kaput, I just replace one out of the 8 or 10 modules (depends which range I pick), and don't need to buy/install a new $15K battery. I was always a Toyota/Honda fan and steered away from GM because of reliability, But EVs are supposed to be different...All they share with ICE is the suspension and the unsprung components, which was never a problem with GM.

13K CAD rebate in Canada for EVs...So if I get it for 52K CAD (37.5K USD), it will drop to 39K CAD (28K USD), which will make it cheaper than the mid-trim of the ICE Equinox.
 

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Also, anyone concerned they are still using LG batteries? (even though they're different technology than the ones that catch fire).
No, zero concern.

The pack in my 11+ year old Volt using LG batteries. Different technology. There have been no cases I know of of those batteries having a problem. Yes, there was a fire in a 2010 crash test car that was stored upside down in a junk yard and had not been properly disabled. Coolant leaked, and 30 days later, woomf! GM recalled all the Volts, installed extra crash protection and a battery coolant level sensor. If they had not, I would have had 30 days to crawl out of a wrecked, upside down Volt before worst case happened, lol.

I also own a 2017 Bolt EV that was subject to a battery safety recall. I now have a new battery, new software and a new warranty plus my range went up considerably to 300-330 miles. As you point out, apples and oranges.

My experience with GM's safety recalls has been very positive. That's why I'm looking at getting another GM EV, an Equinox EV.
 
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