General Motors Company (GM) Expands Battery Development Lab In Michigan

Posted Sep 17, 2013

General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) has launched the expansion of their Global Battery Systems Laboratory to nearly triple in size in Warren, Michigan.  The company has added 50,000 square feet to the facility to 85,000 of the total square footage of the lab.  The expansion will make pack-level test channels from 64 to 112 and cell-level test channels from 96 to 120.

General Motors’ Global Battery Systems Lab tests and validates battery cells and packs for all of the company’s vehicle electrification systems.

?In the past four years, the competitive landscape in the electrification space has grown exponentially. This has required us to raise our game and draw a new line in the sand,? stated GM vice president of global product programs Doug Parks. ?To maintain our battery leadership, this additional real estate is filled with new capability that will help us improve speed to market for our next generation of battery systems and help us improve the value equation to our customers around the world.?

GM also has battery labs in Shangai, China and Mainz-Kastel, Germany.  The teams in China, Germany, and Michigan will work together to test battery systems around the clock.

Below is a photo that I took from the expansion announcement.  Senator Debbie Stabenow and Warren, Michigan mayor James Fouts were in attendance to press the expansion launch button: