[DDD] 제너럴 모터스 미국 배터리 업체 A123시스템스와 전기차 배터리 관련 계약 체결 Driving2011-08-12 17:13:06

 제너럴 모터스가 차세대 전기차 사업을 위해 미국 배터리 업체 A123시스템스와 배터리 관련 계약을 체결했다고 밝혔습니다.
 GM은 이번 계약을 통해 미래 전기차에 A123시스템스의 Nanophosphate lithium-ion batteries를 사용할 수 있게 됐습니다.
현재 GM은 쉐보레 볼트에 LG화학 리튬이온 배터리를 사용하고 있습니다.
 언제부터 GM이 A123시스템스 배터리를 자사 전기차에 탑재할지, 어느정도 규묘로 공급받을지에 대해서는 양사에서 밝히지 않고 있습니다. 
업계에서는 GM이 새로운 배터리를 볼트 플러그인 하이브리드에 탑재할 것으로 예상하고 있습니다.
 참고로 2001년 설립된 A123시스템스는 전기차용 배터리를 개발하는 업체로 미국 메사추세츠 주에 본사가 있으며, 나스낙에 AONE라는 이름으로 등록되어 있습니다.

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GM Awards A123 Systems Contract for Future Batteries
Nanophosphate® lithium ion will power future electric vehicles


DETROIT – General Motors has awarded a production contract to A123 Systems, a developer and manufacturer of advanced Nanophosphate® lithium ion batteries and systems, for batteries to be used in future GM electric vehicles to be sold in select global markets.

The contract includes advanced Nanophosphate cells and fully integrated electronic components. The specific vehicles and brands will be announced at a later date.

GM battery engineering teams have tested and validated the A123 battery chemistry at the automaker's Global Battery Systems lab in Warren, Mich. Teams from both companies will now work on developing calibrations and software controls for the battery system in preparation for production.

"GM is committed to offering a full line of electrified vehicles - each of which calls for different battery specifications," said Micky Bly, GM's executive director - Global Electrical Systems, Infotainment and Electrification. "We work with a variety of battery developers and A123's advanced Nanophosphate lithium ion technology offers ideal performance capabilities for a future electrified vehicle application."

This agreement builds on existing development contracts between GM and A123 focused on next-generation lithium ion battery technology at both the cell and system level.

"Today's announcement is the latest milestone in the partnership between GM and A123, and it showcases the type of collaboration between U.S. companies necessary to build a long-term domestic battery and electric vehicle industry," said Jason Forcier, vice president of the Automotive Solutions Group at A123 Systems.

"This is a testament to GM's continued commitment to leading the adoption of vehicle electrification technologies, and we believe that our selection as GM's supplier for this global vehicle program validates our system-level expertise in delivering fully integrated battery packs for electric vehicles."

About General Motors – General Motors (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM), one of the world's largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 208,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in more than 120 countries. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 30 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Daewoo, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall, and Wuling. GM's largest national market is China, followed by the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, and Italy. GM's OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. More information on the new General Motors can be found at www.gm.com.

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