GM awards A123 Systems with lithium-ion battery packs for future electric-cars

GM testing and validating A123 Systems

General Motors announced yesterday that it has awarded a production contract to A123 Systems, a developer and manufacturer of advanced Nanophosphate lithium ion batteries and systems, for batteries to be used in future GM electric vehicles. The EVs will be sold sold in select global markets.

GM said that the specific vehicles and brands will be announced at a later date but we can already expect Chevrolet and Cadillac to get some of those models.

“GM battery engineering teams have tested and validated the A123 battery chemistry at the automaker’s Global Battery Systems lab in Warren, Mich.,” GM said in a statement. “Teams from both companies will now work on developing calibrations and software controls for the battery system in preparation for production.”

“GM is committed to offering a full line of electrified vehicles – each of which calls for different battery specifications,” said Micky Bly, GM’s executive director – Global Electrical Systems, Infotainment and Electrification. “We work with a variety of battery developers and A123’s advanced Nanophosphate lithium ion technology offers ideal performance capabilities for a future electrified vehicle application.”

GM and A123 Systems already have existing development contracts.

– By: Omar Rana