GM doubling size of its automotive battery lab in the U.S.

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It order to meet demand of battery power for the new 2012 electric Volt, General Motors Co. is doubling the size of its largest and most technologically advanced automotive battery lab in the U.S. The battery lab will use to improve on-site safety, charging, engineering and manufacturing testing capabilities for all current and new battery cell, module and pack technologies.

The $8-million investment will enlarge the Global Battery Systems Lab on the GM Technical Center campus by 30,000 sq. ft. to 63,000 sq. ft. The addition will be located adjacent to the existing lab inside the Alternative Energy Center facility.

“GM is building on its commitment to lead the development of electric vehicle technology – from battery cell design to the charging infrastructure – and today’s investment furthers our work in this area,” said Micky Bly, GM executive director, global electrical systems, hybrids, electric vehicles and batteries. “This addition will benefit consumers by helping us put cleaner, more efficient vehicles, including the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range, on the road more quickly and affordably.”

The expansion of the battery lab will begin in April and is scheduled for completion by this summer.

By the way, the Obama administration will be the first to get 100 Volts.