Charging up EV battery laboratory

Low-cost batteries for electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles could emerge from the award of a $4.2 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to Sandia National Laboratories. The money will finance an upgrade to the laboratory's Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory (BATLab). Sandia's BATLab is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of battery testing to ensure they meet real-world performance requirements. The $4.2 million in funding is part of the almost $105 million economic stimulus package to further improve US efforts in clean energy and efficient technologies across seven national laboratories.