In an attempt to speed up their march towards a fully electrified lineup, General Motors is investing $28 million in order to make “additional major enhancements” towards a battery development and testing lab in suburban Detroit.
CEO of the company Mary Barra, in a blog post on Wednesday stated that the additions to the lab will include new test chambers and advanced equipment to accelerate its next-generation battery architecture.
The lab in question was earlier funded in 2013 with $20 million to nearly triple its size to 85,000 square feet
Barra had previously said that the company was expecting profitable returns from its EV segment and is set to launch its next-generation EV platform in 2021, following which, the company has slated the global launch of at least 20 new cars with the new powertrain by 2023.
“Creating a world of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion won’t happen overnight, of course, but our journey to this future is underway,” Barra wrote, later ending the post with: “This is just the beginning.”
CEO of the company Mary Barra, in a blog post on Wednesday stated that the additions to the lab will include new test chambers and advanced types of equipment to accelerate its next-generation battery architecture
The lab in question was earlier funded in 2013 with $20 million to nearly triple its size to 85,000 square feet. It opened in 2009 and is responsible for most of the testing and validating both battery cells and packs for cars across the GMs lineup. In her blog post, Barra also states that the company will soon initiate sourcing battery packs to its Orion Assembly plant for Chevrolet Bolt EC.
“Our scale and global manufacturing capability help us satisfy customer demands faster and more efficiently, and we continue to leverage smart partnerships,” Barra said.
The article was adapted from an article at Nikkei Asian Review, which you can find here.