- The Washington Times - Monday, April 6, 2009

AUBURN HILLS, MICH. (AP) - Chrysler says a Massachusetts-based company will supply the batteries for the automaker’s first-generation electric cars scheduled to go on sale next year.

Chrysler says A123Systems in Watertown will supply the lithium-ion batteries for the company’s extended-range gas-electric cars and its all-electric cars. Chrysler has shown off five different electric-drive vehicles developed by its high-tech ENVI unit and says it plans to bring one of the five to market by next year.

ENVI President Lou Rhodes says the financial troubles at Chrysler have not slowed the company’s plans to bring electric vehicles to market. Chrysler has received $4 billion in government aid since the start of the year.

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