General Motors has promised that when the Chevy Volt goes on sale about a year from now, it's battery will carry a 10 year/150,000 mile warranty. That means GM is not designing it to be be replaced after 2-3 years like a phone or laptop battery. In fact, given that the pack is expected to initially cost somewhere in the range of $10-15,000, GM is desperately hoping that they don't have to replace many packs before that 10 years is up.
With that in mind, GM is putting the pack through some of the most rigorous testing it has ever done, especially considering that only four years will have elapsed between the reveal of the concept and the launch of the production model. Part of that evaluation is vibration testing. The new GM battery lab in Warren, Michigan is believed to be the only one in the world that can simultaneously vibrate a full size pack with all its electronics and connections in place while also thermal and power cycling the battery. GM is trying to simulate the worst case conditions that will be seen in the field to ensure the the liquid cooling system and all the electrical connections stand up to the thermal, electrical and mechanical loads. It's not an easy ride. Check out the video after the jump.