The Wallace Battery Cell Innovation Center is currently under construction on the campus of the GM Technical Center in Warren, with a completion date set for the middle of next year.

The Wallace Battery Cell Innovation Center is currently under construction on the campus of the GM Technical Center in Warren, with a completion date set for the middle of next year.

Rendering provided by General Motors Co.


GM charging forward with ‘next-generation’ battery facility

Wallace Battery Cell Innovation Center under construction on Tech Center campus in Warren

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published October 8, 2021

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WARREN — One of the biggest automakers in the world has plugged its plans to further electric vehicle battery technology into the heart of Macomb County.

On Oct. 5, General Motors Co. announced the details of the Wallace Battery Cell Innovation Center on the campus of the General Motors Technical Center in Warren.

According to a release from GM, the all-new facility will “significantly expand the company’s battery technology operations and accelerate development and commercialization of longer range, more affordable electric vehicle batteries.” GM said it will help advance the company’s vision of “an all-electric future” and assist in the widespread adoption of electric vehicles, on the heels of more than a decade of advanced battery development.

“The Wallace Center will significantly ramp up development and production of our next-generation Ultium batteries and our ability to bring next-generation EV batteries to market,” said Doug Parks, GM’s executive vice president for global product development, purchasing and supply chain. “The addition of the Wallace Center is a massive expansion of our battery development operations and will be a key part of our plan to build cells that will be the basis of more affordable EVs with longer range in the future.”

The facility is currently under construction with a completion date set for the middle of next year. The company said the facility was “designed for expansion” and is projected to grow to at least three times its original footprint on the sprawling Tech Center campus north of 12 Mile Road, between Van Dyke Avenue and Mound Road.

State, county and local leaders heralded the announcement as a sign of the region’s continued role in automotive innovation.

“Michigan continues to prove it is not only home to a proud automotive manufacturing heritage, but is also ground zero for the future of mobility and electrification,” Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel shared the news on Facebook, where he said, “The future of the auto industry is here in Macomb County.” He also thanked GM for “their commitment to build a new electric vehicle battery lab.”

“With the best talent and tech we are leaders in EV innovation,” Hackel said.

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts put a dollar figure on GM’s newest investment at $300 million.

While GM didn’t disclose the specific size of the Wallace Center investment, they confirmed that it was in addition to the $5 billion already invested in battery technologies across the U.S.

“More jobs and lots of investment here in Warren,” Fouts said.

The first prototype cells are expected to be built at the facility in late 2022.

In the release announcing the Wallace Center, GM said it would be used to integrate the work of affiliated “battery innovators” helping the company to reach its goal of lowering costs for the next-generation Ultium battery by a minimum of 60 %.

Test and cell formation chambers, a coating room, software and equipment for analyzing materials and labs for a material synthesis, slurry mixing and processing, electrolyte production and forensics will be housed at the Wallace Center.

The facility is named after Bill Wallace, a GM director who played a pivotal role in furthering the company’s advanced battery technologies.

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