Warren, Michigan – General Motors is doubling the size of its U.S. advanced automotive battery lab to expedite the development of electric vehicles for consumers.

The US$8 million investment will improve on-site testing of all current and new battery cell, module and pack technologies by enlarging the Global Battery Systems Lab on the GM Technical Center campus by 30,000 square feet to a total of 63,000 square feet. The addition will be located adjacent to the existing lab, and areas previously used for engine testing will be renovated for battery development.

Construction will begin this month and is scheduled for completion in the summer. GM’s Global Battery Systems Lab began operations in January 2009 and became fully operational in May 2009.

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