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USA: GM says battery blast at lab unrelated to Chevrolet Volt

Two employees were injured Wednesday in a lithium battery explosion that forced the evacuation of about 80 other employees at a General Motors facility north of Detroit, the Associated Press reports.

The explosion at the Alternative Energy Center laboratory at the GM Tech Center in Warren, Mich., also caused a small fire that was quickly extinguished. One worker was taken to a hospital, and the other was treated at the scene.

The Tech Center, a sprawling 1950s-era campus, is home to the battery laboratory for the Chevrolet Volt electric car, but GM said in a statement that the explosion was “unrelated to the Chevrolet Volt or any other production vehicle,” according to the AP. “The incident was related to extreme testing on a prototype battery,” the automaker said in its statement.



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