Chrysler LLC Forms Strategic Alliance with A123Systems for ENVI Electric Vehicle Lineup
A123Systems to Supply Michigan-made Lithium-ion Battery
- Chrysler LLC signs agreement with A123Systems, a U.S.-based battery supplier, for advance Nanophosphate Lithium ion prismatic battery cells, and jointly developed battery modules and battery packs for Chrysler’s Range-extended Electric Vehicle and battery only Electric Vehicle production programs
- Partnership reinforces both companies’ commitment to expand battery manufacturing technology in
the United States, reducing dependency on foreign sources of energy and greenhouse gas emissions
Chrysler LLC today announced one of its strategic partners and production battery supplier for the company’s first production electric vehicles. Chrysler LLC and A123Systems have signed an agreement stating that A123Systems will supply energy storage systems for Chrysler’s first-generation ENVI Range-extended Electric Vehicles and battery only Electric Vehicles. A123Systems is an American battery supplier with plans for a
“This is a great example of two American companies working together to put cutting-edge technology on the road,” said
“Chrysler’s partnership with A123Systems marks a significant milestone at a critical time in the automotive industry and in the state of
The heart of ENVI’s battery system is a scalable battery module, as demonstrated in ENVI’s five electric-drive vehicles showcased at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in
Individual lithium ion prismatic cells are integrated with a proprietary battery management safety system to create an efficient and flexible energy storage solution. This strategy is integrated in all of Chrysler’s upcoming electric-drive vehicles, helping increase production volumes of the shared battery cell and shared battery module. Chrysler’s approach reduces development time, investment, and overall battery system cost by combining the economics of high-volume component sharing without sacrificing the battery pack flexibility needed to develop a wide range of customer-driven electric-drive vehicles.
“We’re very proud to have been selected to supply advanced battery systems for Chrysler’s family of ENVI electric-drive vehicles,” said
A123Systems advanced lithium-ion battery chemistry has the capability of meeting consumer demands for performance, driving range, and durability. A123Systems is currently planning a site in
“Chrysler has successfully worked with A123Systems, both directly and through USCAR, for more than 3 years to improve the technology for automotive applications,” said
“Government and society are calling for the introduction of a variety of advanced propulsion vehicles,” said
ENVI — letters that represent the first four letters of environment — is Chrysler LLC’s entrepreneurial in-house organization focused on electric-drive production vehicles and related advanced technologies. ENVI is a cross-functional, nimble team empowered to move quickly and access vast resources within Chrysler LLC in order to integrate electric-vehicle technology into existing products.
“With ENVI-powered electric vehicles, Chrysler LLC is inspiring a personal mobility revolution, creating a new generation of responsible, no-compromise Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles,” said Klegon.
SOURCE Chrysler LLC