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INTERVIEW – “We need to be strong in plug-in market as well to have world-class manufacturing scale,” says Jeff Kessen, vice president of corporate strategy, A123 Systems

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A123 Systems to play an active role in low-voltage and high-voltage battery systems, and also more advanced technologies such as solid-state

A123 Systems is one of the leading battery manufacturers, especially for the low-voltage segment. However, the company is now looking at developing products for the plug-in vehicle segment that require high capacity battery. This strategy, A123 Systems thinks, will help the company have world-class manufacturing scale and drive growth in future. Jeff Kessen, vice president of corporate strategy at A123 Systems, spoke to Srikant Jayanthan of IHS Markit’s Supplier Insight about what the company is doing in the solid-state battery segment, its recent investments in start-ups such as Solid Power and Ionic Materials, and how A123 Systems sees the growth of electric vehicle market in the next few years.

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