A123 Looks to Build Battery Plant

The company envisions full production volumes reaching 5 million hybrid vehicles or 500,000 "plug-in" electric vehicles per year by 2013.

Published: 17-Jan-2009

A Massachusetts company with a local connection wants to build a lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in Michigan.

A123 Systems of Watertown, Mass., said last week it is seeking a $1.8 billion government loan to build a lithium battery manufacturing plant in southeast Michigan.

While Ohio is not getting the plant, observers note that A123 Systems is a collaborator with a Greene County firm, Applied Sciences Inc. in Cedarville. And some hope there may be opportunities for Ohio down the line.


The battery system was developed by CSIRO in Australia, built by the Furukawa Battery Company of Japan and tested in the United Kingdom through the American-based Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium.

The new batteries will make the GM Hybrid System nearly three times more powerful than the system it replaces. Pictured is 2009 Saturn Vue Green Line with Two-mode hybrid drive.

Dramatic developments in stored-power technology make electric cars more viable than ever. Pictures is Th!nk Global's new Ox crossover vehicle.


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