Despite losing its bid to produce batteries for the Chevrolet "Volt" last year, A123 Systems remains one of the most recognizable names in lithium-ion battery design. A123 recently announced a production contract with an unnamed "major North American automaker" to provide batteries for an electric car debuting in 2013.
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Earlier this month A123’s closest competitor, Ener1, said that it lost $10.9 million, or 8 cents per share, during the quarter ended Dec. 31. That compares with a loss of nearly $15 million, or 12 cents per share, in the year-earlier quarter. Revenue more than tripled last quarter to $33.1 million. Ener1 said the highlight of the year was the launch of a grid energy storage division that won a supply agreement with a division of the Russian Federal Grid Co.