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Lithium-Ion Battery Explodes at GM Research Facility

An 'incident' occurred about 8:45 a.m. in a laboratory conducing “extreme testing on a prototype battery” unrelated to the Volt, reports GM.

Published: 12-Apr-2012

General Motors Co. (GM), maker of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid sedan, said a test battery exploded at a research facility near its Detroit headquarters.

A lithium-ion battery exploded today at GM’s technical center in Warren, Michigan, with two people being taken to a hospital, David Frederick, the city’s fire chief, said in a telephone interview. An “incident” occurred about 8:45 a.m. in a laboratory conducing “extreme testing on a prototype battery” unrelated to the Volt, GM said in e-mailed statements.

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