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A123 Systems will supply lithium-ion cells to SAIC

SAIC Motor Corp. has tapped US startup A123 Systems Inc. to supply lithium-ion cells to be used in an electric vehicle that’s due in 2012. At Advanced Traction Battery Systems Co. (the companies' joint venture), cells made by A123will be integrated into battery packs for SAIC, China's largest domestic carmaker.

A123, which is part-owned by General Electric Co., released a statement that this electric car will have a 100-mile range on a single charge. However, Jason Forcier, vice president of A123's automotive group, didn’t reveal how many electric cars are planned.

In an interview last Monday, David Vieau, A123's CEO, didn’t indicate a specific number but he said that it is “significant” and won’t be “just 200 cars.” A123 had previously revealed plans to supply cells for SAIC's Roewe 750 hybrid and Roewe 550 plug-in hybrid sedans.

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A123 Systems opened an advanced automotive battery factory in Michigan

A lithium ion battery plant owned by A123 Systems Inc. had recently opened. The plant aims to supply advanced technology for electric vehicles. The plant was described by President Barack Obama to be “central to the next generation of cars.”

During dedication ceremonies at the suburban Detroit plant, A123 Systems CEO David Vieau received a call from Obama. According to a transcript provided by the White House, the president talked about the “birth of an entire new industry in America -- an industry that's going to be central to the next generation of cars.”

At 291,000 square feet, this lithium ion battery plant is the largest in the US. The White House said that the plant would boost the nation's presence in battery manufacturing, which is currently dominated by Asian companies.

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Chrysler LLC announces new partnership with A123Systems for ENVI electric vehicle lineup

It was announced by Chrysler lately that it has struck a deal with A123Systems, an American battery provider for new nanophosphate lithium-ion batteries for its future generation of all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars.

The battery supplier intends to put up a new manufacturing plant in Michigan, and through the deal with Chrysler both firms will be strengthening their commitment to maintain the future development of electric mobility in the US.

The first EV of Chrysler is scheduled to be available in the market next year and will ultimately be followed by a lineup of plug-in hybrid or range-extending vehicles derived from the recently introduced electric concept vehicles: Dodge Circuit EV, Jeep Wrangler EV, Jeep Patriot EV, Chrysler Town and Country EV, and the Chrysler 200C EV.

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