Skip to comments.China Firm to Buy Control of U.S.-Backed Battery Maker
Posted on 08/08/2012 10:15:12 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
A123 Systems Inc., a struggling, U.S. government-backed manufacturer of advanced batteries for electric vehicles, is turning to one of China's largest auto parts makers for a bailout.
A123 was the first company to open a factory in the U.S. using funds from an Obama administration program to encourage domestic production of advanced batteries. The Wanxiang investment may allow the A123 to move forward with plans to build a second facility and draw the remainder of a $249 million Energy Department grant.
The company, partially owned by General Electric Co., likely would keep its U.S. headquarters and operations while giving the parts company access to battery technology and the chance to expand in China where the government has made electric-vehicle adoption a priority, A123 said.
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1.was the first company to open a factory in the U.S. using funds from an Obama administration.
2.The company, partially owned by General Electric Co.
3. What could go wrong?.