A123 battery explosion at GM lab injures five peopleApril 13, 2012 by: Rituraj Mishra
An explosion took place at the General Motors Technical Center battery research lab in Warren, Michigan. While the details are still pouring in, the specifics are that the latest count of people injured has reached 5. One has been taken to the hospital while rest 4 has been treated on scene itself.
The local fire deputy chief conformed that none of the injuries were life-threatening. Fire department reported the explosion to be caused by fumes from hydrogen sulfide, but GM has not commented on it. Finally it was learnt that a battery under extreme testing caused the explosion.
David Shepardon on Twitter informed in a hurried manner “”Chemical gases from the battery cells were released and ignited in the enclosed chamber. The battery itself was intact” and, “All areas of the Alternative Energy Center except for the battery lab and adjacent offices will operate normally on Thursday”
The battery was a prototype battery pack made by A123 that was responsible for the explosion and fire. The battery pack was being tested for use in Chevy Spark EV and other electric-vehicles. A quick fact while we end Batteries made by A123 were recently involved in a $55 million replacement effort in the Fisker Karma.
At last, it’s good to know no one died or got injured seriously. You know all is well that ends well.
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