Volume 90 Issue 25 | p. 10 | News of The Week
Issue Date: June 18, 2012

A123 Touts Improved Battery For Electric Cars, Other Markets?

Technology: Improvement in battery chemistry promises higher performance
Department: Business
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: batteries, lithium ion, lead, microhybrid vehicles

A123 Systems, a troubled lithium-ion battery maker, says it has tweaked the chemistry of its lithium iron phosphate battery in a way that optimizes performance in extreme temperature conditions without requiring costly heating or cooling systems.

The firm’s latest battery, the Nanophosphate EXT, is “a game-changing breakthrough,” CEO David P. Vieau says. “By delivering high power, energy, and cycle life capabilities over a wider temperature range,” he says, the battery overcomes limitations . . .

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