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GM lab explosion update: A123 battery reportedly responsible, five people hurt

More details are filtering in about yesterday's explosion at the General Motors Technical Center battery research lab in Warren, MI.

Mitsubishi Heavy constructs commercial li-ion battery test plant

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has completed construction of its 21,500-square-foot commercial lithium-ion battery plant. The facility, located on the same grounds as MHI's Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery Works in Japan, has enough capacity to produce and validate up to 66 MWh (megawatt hours) of commercial-grade batteries per year. That's about the equivalent of 400,000 individual medium-sized cells.

2011 Nissan Leaf was "tortured" to make it safe

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Bake it, drown it, fire bullets at it - how batteries are tested in the real world

We know that General Motors has the largest battery lab in the world, one that's capable of carrying out all kinds of scientific tests, but that's a little boring, if you ask us. If you want to test a battery's durability, do you really need fancy lab equipment and sophisticated computers? Or can you just use a few household ite

Tesla battery pack passes UN safety test for delivery in passenger cars

Tesla Motors has passed another milestone on the way to Job 1 for their Roadster. The battery pack (or Energy Storage System as Tesla likes to refer to it) has passed the UN and UL 1642 testing criteria. The tests evaluate several areas include shock and vibration, altitude simulation external shorts and temperature cycling to ensure that the pack is safe for both transportation and use. The batteries have been extensively tested on both an individual cell basis and as an integrated pack. Tesla

Touring the General Motors advanced hybrid battery test lab

As part of the recent battery technology briefing at the General Motors Technical Center, the attendees were taken on a tour of the hybrid battery test lab. Our group was taken through by lab manager Dou