Watertown-based battery manufacturer A123 Systems will power the Chevrolet Spark EV, an all-electric subcompact car headed to production in 2013.
The undisclosed contract will have A123 producing and assembling nanophosphate lithium-ion packs for General Motors at its Michigan plants in Livonia and Romulus. The deal comes two years after A123 lost the bid to supply batteries for GM's plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt. Those batteries are under contract with Korean-based LG Chem.
GM won't release any details, but expect the Spark -- which is already on sale as a traditional gas-powered model outside the US -- to be priced under the $36,000 all-electric Nissan Leaf with a range of between 60-90 miles.
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