General Motors has announced that it is fabricating and testing prototype battery cells and systems at its Advanced Technical Center in Shanghai.
General Motors has announced that it is fabricating and testing prototype battery cells and systems at its Advanced Technical Center in Shanghai. Researchers at the facility will be working on all aspects of battery design, production and testing. GM’s goal is to accelerate the development of batteries with improved energy density, allowing smaller system sizes and reducing costs.
Ford has also recently beefed up its battery R & D capabilities, underscoring an important point: the Big Two see batteries as critical to the development of plug-in vehicles, and have decided to exercise a high level of control over battery technology in-house. GM noted that its new facility will help it to build strategic partnerships with battery cell and cell material suppliers, and make purchasing decisions as a "smart cell buyer." With its battery material assessment capability, GM will be able to independently test and validate advanced materials provided by suppliers.
“Producing the first prototype battery cells is a big step forward for the GM China Advanced Technical Center. It is critical for enabling GM to develop smaller, lighter and lower-cost new-generation batteries,” said John Du, Director of GM’s China Science Lab. “Leveraging this success, the independent assessment system for battery materials will help speed up technical progress.”