A123 Systems Wants to Mass Produce Li-Ion Batteries in USA

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Electric Car Batteries Made in the USA?
A123Systems has announced today that is has applied under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Incentive Program to qualify for $1.84 billion in loans. The goal? Built lithium-ion battery manufacturing facilities in the United States, with the first construction location in southeast Michigan near Detroit. Read on for more.14,000 Jobs, 5 Million Hybrids or 500,000 Electric Cars
According to its press release: "At full operation, A123 expects the combined plants [if the loan is approved] would occupy as much as 7 million square feet and create over 14,000 jobs." They could supply batteries to 5 million hybrid cars or 500,000 battery electric cars (simple math tells us that there's about 10 times more battery cells in an EV than a hybrid).

From the Detroit Free Press:

President-elect Barack Obama and key members of his administration have pointed to plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles as one of the technologies they want to see automakers press for to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

That's a good sign, but we'll have to wait and see what the DOE decides.

Via A123Systems
Photo: Porter Gifford
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