A 123 Systems and BAE Systems signed an agreement for the supply of lithium ion battery packs for buses and other commercial applications.
A 123 will supply lithium ion battery packs, which are based on the company’s prismatic cells, to BAE for its HybriDrive Series propulsion system. The batteries will be used for the city transit buses, as well as for BAE’s HybriDrive system used in other commercial applications.
Currently A 123’s batteries are used in BAE HybriDrive systems on almost 3,000 buses all over the world. Until now the A 123 batteries featured cylindrical cells, but under the new agreement, the company will offer batteries with prismatic cells to fit BAE’s requests for a more compact and economical solution. A 123 and BAE Systems also have an older agreement to retrofit and upgrade battery packs on the hybrid busses which are already in the field.
“We believe that our programs with BAE Systems have served as validation of our Nanophosphate battery technology as a dependable solution for hybrid bus applications, which has helped establish A123 as the leading provider of lithium ion battery systems for the heavy vehicle market,” said Jason Forcier, vice president of the Automotive Solutions Group at A123.