A123Systems announced that it has submitted an application under the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Incentive Program to qualify for US $1.84 billion in direct loans to support the construction of new lithium ion battery manufacturing facilities in the United States, with the first construction location in southeast Michigan.

"I look forward to the plant that will be based in Massachusetts as part of the fight we'll lead to guarantee that the electric fuel of the future will be sourced right here at home instead of overseas." -- Senator John Kerry (D-MA)