Transportation Energy Storage Solutions

A123’s advanced lithium ion energy storage solutions enable higher performance and increased efficiency in passenger and commercial electric vehicles (EVs), hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). Our proven engineering expertise and extensive knowledge of electric drive-train technologies allow us to work closely with our automotive customers to deliver at the cell, module or fully-integrated system level to help commercialize new vehicle concepts.

A123 Systems is a TS-16949 and ISO9001 certified supplier of advanced lithium ion cells and systems designed to help customers quickly and cost-effectively take game-changing solutions from conception to commercialization. We offer a broad range of products that are optimized to meet the different capacity and energy/power ratio requirements of HEV, PHEV and EV applications for passenger, commercial and off-highway vehicles.

Compared to other battery chemistries*, our automotive class lithium ion battery systems deliver:

  • Durability and reliability
  • High power density
  • Extended life cycling
  • Superior abuse tolerance for excellent safety performance
  • Higher usable energy due to a wide usable SOC (state of charge) range
Better batteries = Better price performance

Proven in the Field:

A123 has built and deployed more lithium ion hybrid systems for transit buses than any other lithium ion battery manufacturer in the world, with units on the road since 2007. Our systems have been put to the test in real world conditions, meeting and exceeding performance requirements with the most rigorous duty cycles.

Hybrids: High Power Systems

PHEVs and EVs: High Energy Systems

  • Low power loss over a million or more micro-cycles
  • Stable voltage over state of charge (SOC) range enables low end power and smaller pack sizing
  • High power density enables design flexibility
  • Wide SOC range for higher usable energy without compromising life
  • Consistent power over a wide SOC range allows longer driving range
  • Higher energy density and Wh throughput*

Select Commercial Vehicle Customers:

BAE Systems HybriDrive® Propulsion System for hybrid electric city transit buses
Daimler Hybrid bus
Magna Steyr (systems integrator) Several trucks and buses for Volvo
Smith Electric Vehicles Portfolio of all-electric delivery trucks
Tata Motors Hybrid electric powertrain for multiple commercial vehicles, starting with a city transit bus in Europe
VIA Motors Extended-Range Electric Vehicle Powertrain for VIA's portfolio of electrified trucks, vans and SUVs

Select Passenger Vehicle Customers:

Axeon (systems integrator) PHEV sedan for a European automaker
BMW ActiveHybrid 3 HEV
ActiveHybrid 5 HEV
Delphi (systems integrator) SAIC Roewe 750 HEV
Fisker Automotive Karma PHEV sedan
General Motors     Chevrolet Spark EV
McLaren Starter battery on MP4-12C
Shanghai Automotive (SAIC) Roewe 550 PHEV
Roewe E50 EV

* In comparison to lead acid, NiMh and certain lithium ion metal oxide chemistries.

Case Study

Formula One KERS System for Mercedes-Benz HPE

Podcast

Roland Berger Analysis of Global Automotive Lithium Ion Battery Market

White Paper

Usable Energy: Key to Determining the True Cost of Advanced Lithium Ion Battery Systems for Electric Vehicles

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