Yesterday morning, the battery lab located at GM’s Warren Technical Center suffered an explosion great enough to hospitalize a worker, supposedly for non-life threatening injuries, thankfully. But the incident also sparked curiosity. What was the battery for? How did it explode and why? Who’s the supplier? And what will become of the battery lab?
Here’s the followup:
Starting with the last question, the battery lab has been shut down indefinitely due to the extensive damage from the big kabosh, though all adjacent facilities will operate as if it never happened. It’s also been reported that the injured employee will spend another day in the hospital. And as mentioned in the title, the battery featured prototype cells supplied by A123 Systems — the same company that will supply the battery cells for the upcoming Cadillac ELR and Chevrolet Spark EV. According to The Detroit News, “Chemical gases from the battery cells were released and ignited in the enclosed chamber. The battery itself was intact.” This particular battery was for the Spark EV, according to Fox News.
We imagine GM and A123 will be doing everything to make the next batch of battery prototypes more stable than before.