GM Invests $8-million in Battery Lab

General Motors is investing an additional $8-million in its Global Battery Systems Lab on the GM Technical Center Campus in a clear sign that the commitment to electrically driven vehicles is a serious undertaking at the company.   “We’ve made the commitment to design, develop, validate, and manufacturing automotive battery technology in-house.

General Motors is investing an additional $8-million in its Global Battery Systems Lab on the GM Technical Center Campus in a clear sign that the commitment to electrically driven vehicles is a serious undertaking at the company.

 

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“We’ve made the commitment to design, develop, validate, and manufacturing automotive battery technology in-house. Consolidating these testing capabilities at the Global Battery Systems Lab will reduce costs, provide a competitive advantage, quicken the pace of development, and ensure we will design, build and sell the world’s best vehicles,” said Micky Bly, GM executive director, global electrical systems, hybrids, electric vehicles and batteries.

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The investment will not only expand the footprint of the facility from 33,000-sq. ft. to 63,000-sq. ft. but it will add capability in the following areas:

  • Safety and Abuse Tolerance. This area is where they’ll concentrate on battery integrity as they crush them, immerse them in water, etc.
  • Buildup and Teardown. To do such things as prep batteries for test and provide an area for supplier analysis.
  • Manufacturing Engineering. Key focus areas: laser welding and cell stacking.
  • Charger Development and Integration. Helping develop infrastructure.
  • Thermal Development. Assessing things like radiant heat, thermal stability, and thermal shock testing.
  • Battery Storage. In a big lab, there are plenty of batteries, so. . .

More than 1,000 engineers are working on advanced batteries and electrically driven vehicles at GM. Seems like they’ve got a lot more to work with coming on line this summer.