Navitas Systems Announces Exclusive Agreement to Sell A123 Battery Cells & Systems to US Military and Government Customers
Woodridge, IL – February 19, 2014 – Navitas Systems LLC (www.navitassys.com), a leading provider of energy-enabled system solutions, energy storage products, and power electronics for commercial, industrial and government agency customers, announced its agreement with A123 Systems as the exclusive distributor/technical experts of A123 Nanophosphate® Cells, Modules and Systems for US Military and Government applications.
“It has been one year since we acquired the Government R&D team of A123 Systems. In the space of those 12 months, our now-named Navitas Advanced Solutions Group has developed several new lithium battery systems for various industrial and government applications. Given the high quality legacy of A123’s Nanophosphate technology, we’ve had several government and military customers seek to purchase these cells. It is important, since the acquisition of A123 Systems a year ago by Wanxiang, that Government sources have access to these American-based battery products. So we’re pleased to formally launch the agreement we reached one year ago, and are delighted to be the exclusive U.S. supplier of A123 cells and systems to U.S. government and military customers,” said Navitas Systems’ Chairman and Founder Alan ElShafei.
Navitas Systems’ unique niche is that they are both cell and chemistry-agnostic, selecting the ideal cell to embed in its battery systems based on the rigorous demands of a particular application. The Navitas Systems agreement with A123 Systems is meant to ensure supply chain and technology transfer is supported per the request of the U.S. government during last year’s acquisition approval. The scope of the 3 year exclusive agreement covers a broad range of applications within the Department of Defense, as well as in the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State.
Web links have been established between the two companies so product requests for A123 products by government web site visitors can be quickly channeled and responded to.
“A123 is pleased to support Navitas as our channel to US government customers,” said Jason Forcier, CEO of A123 Systems, LLC. “The battery cell and module products we continue to produce in our Michigan facilities offer outstanding performance and value for the government applications integrated by Navitas.”
About Navitas Systems, LLC Navitas Systems is a leader in integrated design, technology development and manufacturing, providing energy-enabled system solutions, energy storage products, and power electronics for commercial, industrial and government agency customers. Navitas products range from customized energy storage solutions for motive, idle-reduction and defense related applications, along with custom renewable energy integrated power systems to standard products like lithium based lead-acid replacement batteries. Navitas is driven by a passion for bridging the gap between customer challenges and environmentally and financially sustainable solutions. Navitas Systems is a woman-owned small business founded in 2010 and previously known as MicroSun Innovative Energy Storage Solutions. Navitas is headquartered in a state-of-the-art 100,000 square foot facility in Woodridge, Illinois. In 2013, the company acquired the Government Solutions Group of lithium battery manufacturer A123 Systems. With this acquired major research facility located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, along with strong local and offshore partners and solid financial stability, Navitas is well positioned to continue serving the energy products and power electronics needs of major worldwide customers. From advanced R&D, safe/high energy cell design, in-house electronics manufacturing and cable assemblies, to sophisticated battery pack assembly, Navitas Systems is your one-stop shop for comprehensive energy and power electronics solutions. For more information visit www.navitassys.com and follow @Navitas_Systems on Twitter.
About A123 Systems A123 Systems LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Wanxiang Group, is a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion batteries and energy storage systems for transportation, electric grid and lead-acid replacement applications. The company’s proprietary Nanophosphate® lithium iron phosphate technology is built on novel nanoscale materials initially developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is designed to deliver high power and energy density, increased safety and extended life. A123 leverages breakthrough technology and expert system integration capabilities to enable next-generation products for its customers globally. For more information, please visit www.a123systems.com.