The A123 name is back in the game in China.
The deal is for more than $1.4 billion of batteries, but no timeframe was announced.
"WanxiangA123 confirmed as VW Group EV battery supplier. Orders to reach > $1.4B. "
Wanxiang A123 is a battery company, built on assets of U.S. based A123 System (which went bankrupt in 2012) and was acquired by Wanxiang several years ago.
There are currently no details about the deal, but it was already hinted at several days ago by Moneyball. The amount of the order of more than ¥10 billion ($1.43 billion) is basically the same:
"#WanxiangA123 confirmed as VW #EV #battery supplier. Orders to reach > ¥ 10B, #China media citing unnamed insider sources. Earlier, VW said it is in the process of certifying 3rd local battery supplier after #CATL and #Guoxuan."
It seems that Volkswagen was seeking for further diversification in China and this year picked up two more battery suppliers - Guoxuan High-Tech Co Ltd. and now also Wanxiang A123.
- Europe (over 150 GWh from 2025): LG Chem, Samsung SDI, SK Innovation and CATL, as well as joint gigafactory with Northvolt
- China (probably also over 150 GWh from 2025): CATL plus Guoxuan High-Tech Co Ltd. and now also Wanxiang A123
- North America: SK Innovation
* at least in its initial batch of EVs, Volkswagen was also using Panasonic batteries.
Since A123 Systems was known for its LFP ("nano-phosphate") cells, the question is whether Wanxiang A123 will also supply LFP type of chemistry or if they successfully expanded to other types?