The General Motors increased the laboratory of the Global Battery Systems about three times. This is the largest lab in the North America owned by the General Motors. With the addition of 50,000 squares the total area of the lab now becomes 85,000 square feet. The expansion will made this lab capable to increase its development cells and so it increases the pack level test channels from 64 to 112 and the cell level test channels from 96 to 120. The lab is responsible for the development and testing of the battery packs and cells of the GM’s electric vehicles such as Cadillac ELR, GM’s eAssist light electrification, Chevrolet Volt and Chevrolet Spark EV.
GM’s vice president, Global Battery Systems Laboratory, Doug Parks said, “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. To maintain our battery leadership, this additional real estate is filled with new capabilities that will help us improve speed to market for our next generation of battery systems and help us improve the value equation for our customers around the world.”
The expansion adds a few more capabilities of the laboratory such as the lab will get the latest equipment for the production of future battery systems including charger production and testing, competitive benchmarking and cord set testing, production of prototype battery packs for electric vehicle development plans and it will work as a head office for the testing of battery systems designed to use in the future GM’s vehicles. The lab will perform a key role in the testing and validation of current generation battery packs for the electric vehicles. GM operates some other battery labs in China, Germany, Shanghai and Mainz-Kastel for the same purpose.