University of Michigan to Open Advanced Battery Cell Testing Lab

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 2

The University of Michigan is One of the World's Leading Automotive Engineering Universities

The University of Michigan is One of the World’s Leading Automotive Engineering Universities

Why wasn’t this lab open when I was in the engineering program at the University of Michigan?  Doesn’t it always seem to be the case that when you graduate from a high school or a university (or leave a workplace even), improvements come the moment you walk out the door?

U of M Seal

U of M Seal

The University of Michigan will soon begin construction on an $8 million battery testing lab.

The lab, which will be used by Ford, is open to all automakers, battery developers and even to me or you, provided that we have the funds to pay a rental fee.

Why the specific mention of Ford?  Well, Ford is one of the funders (funders = those who offer funding), along with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering (one of the nation’s toughest engineering colleges…trust me on that one.)

Ford’s battery research manager, Ted Miller, says this of U of M’s battery lab:

“We need to be able to test hundreds of chemistries and cell designs, but they have to be tests that can translate from the lab to the production line.  Ford has battery labs that test and validate production-ready batteries, but nothing this far upstream.

“This is sorely needed, and no one else in the auto industry has anything like it.”

The battery lab is expected to be open in time for Fall 2014 classes.

Source: Detroit News

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2 responses to "University of Michigan to Open Advanced Battery Cell Testing Lab"

  1. kdawg says:

    “This is sorely needed, and no one else in the auto industry has anything like it.”
    ————

    Umm.. GM has a lab not far from A2.

    http://media.gm.com/content/media/us/en/gm/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2013/Sep/0916-battery-lab.html

    “General Motors has nearly tripled the size of its Global Battery Systems Laboratory, cementing the lab’s stature as the largest battery lab in North America owned and operated by a major auto manufacturer.

    The latest addition of 50,000 square feet brings to 85,000 the total square footage of the lab. The expansion made possible the increase in the number of pack-level test channels from 64 to 112 and cell-level test channels from 96 to120. “

  2. Bloggin says:

    Ford has actually provided $2.1 Million in funding for this lab.

    Ford also just announced a $50 Million investment in battery technology and engineers in July of this year.

    “Ford will be expanding electrification engineering jobs by nearly 50% to have more than 500 salaried employees working on research and development. It’s also investing $50 million in EV development centers to further strengthen its vehicle quality. In addition to all that, Ford is also doubling its electrification battery-testing capabilities this year helping to speed hybrid and EV development by as much as 25”

    http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/07/18/look-out-tesla-here-comes-ford.aspx