GM Battery Explosion

GM has just released an updated statement regarding the lithium-ion batter explosion that took place it its Warren Technical Center yesterday during a testing of an experimental battery:

An incident occurred about 8:45 a.m. Wednesday inside a test chamber at the General Motors Alternative Energy Center during extreme testing of an experimental battery. Chemical gases from the battery cells were released and ignited in the enclosed chamber. The battery itself was intact. The battery tested and the incident have no connection with the Chevrolet Volt or any other GM production vehicle.

Employee safety is a priority at GM. Employees were evacuated from the building where the incident occurred. Five people were evaluated by medical personnel; one has been admitted to an area hospital for treatment.

Check out our original post on the GM battery explosion incident here.

- By: Omar Rana


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  • Matt

    ” The battery tested and the incident have no connection with the Chevrolet Volt or any other GM production vehicle”.

    Then why were these batteries being tested  at a test chamber at the General Motors Alternative Energy Center ?
    Sounds to me like damage control in many ways. From General Motors Alternative Energy Center and publicly folks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rich.english.5 Rich English

    Here we go with conspiracy theries again

  • http://www.facebook.com/rich.english.5 Rich English

    Battery R & D is very complicated. The Volt only goes about 38 miles on a charge right now and GM, Nissan, Ford and China are working very hard to multiply the power factor by 10X or more. Power density and the demanding environment of a car make testing these batteries very important and sometimes dangerous. You vibrate, heat, cool, shock, short, load, and cycle these batteries until they fail. You then go back and do a failure analysis to improve the design. I am glad to hear we are doing this in this country as our competitors are busy like Korea and China. The country that creates the next super high capacity battery will be top dog in this industry. Cars batteries and also electrical grid power storage will help wind and solar generation for nights or calm days. Batteries will also push power generation to a more sustainable green economy. Keep on testing and developing GM, our future depends on it!!! I believe the Volt is a technological achievement and plan to buy one very soon.