Warren, Michigan – General Motors has expanded its battery research and development capabilities by opening what it calls the largest and most technologically advanced battery lab in the United States. The new lab is located in the company’s Technical Center campus in Michigan.

The new Global Battery Systems Lab will lead GM’s global advanced battery engineering resources and expedite the introduction of electrically-driven vehicles, including the Chevrolet Volt, as well as plug-in hybrid, hybrid-electric, and fuel cell vehicles.

“The new global GM battery lab will benefit consumers across America by helping us advance the development of battery technology in the United States and put cleaner, more efficient vehicles on the road more quickly and affordably,” said Fritz Henderson, GM president and CEO. “Our new lab improves GM’s competitiveness by speeding the development of our hybrid, plug-in and extended-range electric vehicles, including the Chevrolet Volt.”

At 33,000 square feet, the new lab is four times larger than GM’s previous Tech Center battery lab, and will be used by a team of more than 1,000 engineers working on advanced batteries and electrically driven vehicles. Planning began in December 2007, with construction started in August 2008. Operations began in January, nine months ahead of schedule, and the lab became fully functional in May. The lab is equipped with 160 test channels and 42 thermal chambers duplicating extreme real-world driving patterns, hot and cold temperatures, and calendar life.

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