A123 Systems Expanding to 360 MWh of Assembly Capacity by 2H2010; packs for 320K Hybrids or 24K PHEVs Per Year
A123 Systems has begun to make investments in its 300,000 square foot plant in Livonia, Mich. to expand the final cell assembly capacity by up to 200MW hours once fully operational, inclusive of the previously announced 80MW hour expansion.
In December of 2009, A123 closed on its $249 million grant award from the Department of Energy (DOE) and is using the available capital to help fund its capacity expansion plans. A123 ended the third quarter of 2009 with final assembly capacity of 169MW hours per year.
These investments will expand the company’s global final cell assembly capacity to over 360 MW hours, with the incremental 200MW hours of capacity expected to be ready for production during the second half of 2010.
The expansion in capacity will provide A123 with the overall ability to produce more than 320,000 hybrid vehicles with 1.1 kWh battery systems, or more than 24,000 PHEVs with 15 kWh battery systems per year. A123 will continue to evaluate additional investments in production capacity in response to anticipated customer demand.
During the fourth quarter of 2009, A123 announced that it signed a lease for a 300,000 square foot facility in Romulus, Mich. A123 announced that the initial investments in this facility are to establish the company’s North American coating operations, and current plans are for the facility to be ready for production during the first half of 2011.
The new facilities in Livonia and Romulus will comprise stages of production from coating and cell assembly to final assembly of complete automotive battery systems.