GM’s Global Battery Systems Laboratory has become the largest battery lab located in North America.
GM has almost tripled the size of its Global Battery Systems Laboratory, the latest 50,000-square-foot addition bringing the total square footage of the lab to 85,000. The automaker made this expansion by increasing the pack-level test channels to 112 from 64 and the cell-level test channels to 120 from 96.
“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,” said Doug Parks, GM vice president, global product programs. “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 used this battery lab to test and validate battery cells and packs for all its EVs, including Chevrolet Spark EV, Cadillac ELR, Chevrolet Volt and the eAssist light electrification system. The capabilities added to the lab after the latest expansion include state-of-the-art equipment for future EV battery system development, manufacturing prototype battery packs and acting as a hub for battery systems testing and validation.
Besides the Michigan lab, GM also has battery laboratories in Mainz-Kastel, Germany and Shanghai, China. All battery labs test and validate battery cells, system development and packs and all labs work collectively to reduce validation time.