An explosion at General Motors battery research lab in Warren, Michigan, earlier today left two people injured ad caused a small fire. The more seriously injured worker was transported to a Detroit hospital, while the other was treated at the scene. The cause of explosion was a lithium ion battery unit put through testing.
GM’s lab is a 33,000-square-foot facility responsible for research and development of energy storage systems, including lithium ion batteries and ultracapacitors since 2009. These products are used for extended-range electric, plug-in, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles.
Now you’re probably worried if you buy one of theirs EVs, such as the Chevy Volt, it’s going to explode under pressure. But don’t worry. The lab technicians went through all this and sustained injuries to make sure same won’t happen to the users of their products.
We’ll keep you posted on updates on the event.