Detroit, Michigan – General Motors has awarded a production contract to A123 Systems, a developer and manufacturer of advanced Nanophosphate lithium-ion batteries and systems, for batteries that will be used in future GM electric vehicles for select global markets.
The specific vehicles and brands will be announced at a later date. The contract includes battery cells and fully integrated electronic components. GM’s engineering teams have tested and validated the A123 battery chemistry at its lab in Michigan, and teams from both companies will now work on developing calibrations and software controls 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 of 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.”
The agreement builds on existing development contracts between the two companies focused on next-generation lithium-ion battery technology at both the cell and system level.