A123 Systems Opens Largest Lithium-Ion Automotive Battery Plant in N. America
September 13, 2010
by Scott Dogget
A123 Systems today announced the grand opening of the largest lithium-ion automotive battery production facility in North America.
The new plant in Livonia, Michigan, is expected to expand A123's manufacturing capabilities by up to 600 megawatt hours per year when fully operational, contributing to the company's plan to expand global final cell assembly capacity to more than 760MW hours annually by the end of 2011.
The opening of the Livonia factory comes just over one year after A123 was awarded a $249 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help the company execute its strategy to ramp up U.S. manufacturing capabilities to meet increasing, market-driven demand.
A123 will focus on manufacturing prismatic cells and systems at the new 291,000-square-foot Livonia facility. The factory is designed to enable the complete production process, including research and development, manufacturing of high-value components, cell fabrication, module fabrication and the final assembly of complete battery packs ready for vehicle integration.
As part of its continuing U.S. manufacturing ramp up, A123 also plans to open a coating plant in Romulus, Michigan, expected to come on line during the first half of 2011. In addition to the DOE grant, the company received $125 million in state incentives from Michigan as part of its 21st Century Jobs Fund to help finance these manufacturing facilities.
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