Chrysler Partners With US-Based Battery SupplierPosted on April 6th, 2009
Automaker rolls out its first production electric cars in 2010
Today Chrysler announced a partnership with A123Systems, a Michigan-based supplier for advanced battery products. The supplier’s nanophosphate lithium-ion battery cells will power extended range and pure electric cars. Chrysler plans to roll out its first production electric cars in 2010.
“The most significant challenge to electric vehicles is battery technology,” said Frank Klegon, executive vice president for Chrysler product development. Chrysler execs hope the advanced battery systems will give them a competitive edge in the emerging electric vehicle market.
Chrysler displayed five electric-drive vehicles at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit: the Dodge Circuit EV, Jeep Wrangler, EV, Patriot EV, Town & Country EV, and Chrysler 200C EV concept.
The so-called ENVI vehicles are part of an ongoing effort to reduce toxic emissions and America’s dependence on foreign oil. The name is the first four letters of environment.
A123System’s scalable battery module has the flexibility to work in a variety of applications. High-volume component sharing reduces manufacturing costs and helps Chrysler bring its products to market faster.
“Chrysler has successfully worked with A123Systems… for more than three years to improve the technology for automotive applications,” said Lou Rhodes, vice president of advanced vehicle engineering and president of ENVI. “We have confidence that by partnering with A123 Systems our near-term and long-term electrification goals will be met.”
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