Meet the New GM
June 1, 2009 will be remember as the day the "old" General Motors, once the largest corporation in the world, declared bankruptcy.
June 8, 2009 may be remembered as the day the "New GM" was born; not because it emerged from Chapter 11 -- that process is ongoing -- but because the company replaced its internal combustion engine test facility on its Warren, Michigan Technology Center campus with an expanded, state-of-the-art automotive battery test lab. The "motor" now powering the "new" GM is electric, not petroleum.
The video above, which features the remarks of GM President and CEO Fritz Henderson, is the first of several EV World recorded at the official inauguration of the new facility, which now occupies space the equivalent to seven basketball courts, significantly larger than the original lab. Its multiple test chambers can simulate driving conditions from the hot, humid streets of Mumbai to the frosty climes of Calgary. They can compress the ten year life cycle of a battery module or pack to just two years. A new shaker table can subject packs to the shock and vibration encountered on the most torturous roads in the world.
Specific details about the laboratory will be covered in Jim Queen's video presentation.
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