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A123 Systems to supply prismatic-cell Li-ion packs to BAE Systems for HybriDrive Series propulsion system

Under an agreement that expands the companies’ long-standing relationship, A123 Systems will supplylithium-ion battery packs based on its prismatic cells to BAE Systems for the HybriDrive Series propulsion system. (Earlier post.)

The new design is initially expected to be deployed on city transit busses, and as part of the new agreement, A123 will also supply lithium-ion battery packs for additional versions of BAE’s HybriDrive system for other commercial applications.

A123’s battery packs are currently deployed in BAE HybriDrive systems on nearly 3,000 buses globally that have amassed more than 300 million service miles to date. The current HybriDrive system utilizes battery packs based on A123’s cylindrical cells, but under the new agreement, A123 will deliver packs featuring the company’s prismatic cells to satisfy BAE’s requirements for a more compact and economical solution.

The agreement also formalizes the terms of a previously announced customer warranty campaign through which A123 and BAE Systems are sharing in a program to retrofit and upgrade battery packs on hybrid buses in the field.

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