GM is going more aggressive with its battery development for electric cars by saying today it is doubling the size of its U.S. automotive battery lab to “expedite the development of electrically driven vehicles for consumers.” The auto manufacturer will be sinking around $8 million into this project.
GM said that this investment, among other things, will improve on-site safety as well as enhancing charging, engineering and manufacturing testing capabilities for all current and new battery cell, module and pack technologies. The addition will be located adjacent to the existing lab and that areas previously used for engine testing will be renovated for battery development, with construction beginning this month and scheduled for completion in the summer.
“GM is building on its commitment to lead the development of electric vehicle technology – from battery cell design to the charging infrastructure – and today’s investment furthers our work in this area,” said Micky Bly, GM executive director, global electrical systems, hybrids, electric vehicles and batteries, in a statement. “This addition will benefit consumers by helping us put cleaner, more efficient vehicles, including the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range, on the road more quickly and affordably.”