Chrysler Chooses A123Systems for Electric Vehicle Batteries

Chrysler LLC announced that it has chosen A123Systems as its production battery supplier for the company’s first production electric vehicles. Chrysler and A123 have signed an agreement under which A123 will supply energy storage systems for Chrysler’s first-generation ENVI Range-extended Electric Vehicles and battery only Electric Vehicles. This news comes after GM dropped its plans to use A123 as its battery supplier earlier this year, a move that put the future of A123 into some question.

“This is a great example of two American companies working together to put cutting-edge technology on the road,” said Frank Klegon, executive vice president of Product Development at Chrysler. “The most significant challenge to electric vehicles is battery technology. The diligent selection of strategic partners like A123Systems helps Chrysler achieve its leadership in electric-drive systems and vehicles.”

The heart of ENVI’s battery system is a scalable battery module, as demonstrated in ENVI’s five electric-drive vehicles showcased at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. At the reveal, Chrysler announced its intention to bring the company’s first production electric vehicle to market in 2010.

in the ENVI system, individual lithium ion prismatic cells are integrated with a proprietary battery management safety system to create an efficient and flexible energy storage solution.This strategy is integrated in all of Chrysler’s upcoming electric-drive vehicles, helping increase production volumes of the shared battery cell and shared battery module.

A123’s lithium-ion battery chemistry has the capability of meeting consumer demands for performance, driving range, and durability, Chrysler said. A123 is currently developing a site in Michigan where it will manufacture Nanophosphate Lithium ion prismatic battery cells, modules and battery packs for Chrysler LLC.

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