Bankrupt battery manufacturer A123 Systems expects its sale to Chinese firm Wangxiang to be complete in a little over a week.
The sale raised controversy late last year because the company received $249 million in federal grants – money some saw as lost tax dollars. Despite concerns voiced by politicians including Republican member of Congress, Marsha Blackburn, the sale moved forward. Sensitive military contracts were siphoned off to another U.S. company as part of the deal, but for the most part A123 is in Chinese hands.
Agreements regarding the sale are expected to be settled by February 1 according to a press release from A123.
That could be good news for Fisker, the struggling manufacturer of the Karma luxury plug-in hybrid. Production halted for the brand more than six months ago for Scandinavian summer break. Fisker decided to renegotiate its contract with the plant’s workers, but before trouble with A123 cropped up before production could resume.
Fisker said previously that it had conserved enough of a battery supply to last through the first quarter of 2013, but that it hoped to re-negotiate its battery supply with Wanxiang soon.
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