Washington D.C. - This Monday, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu will speak at the dedication ceremony for the largest lithium-ion automotive battery production facility in North America. Funded in part by $249 million from the Recovery Act, the A123 Systems battery plant is expected to create 3,000 jobs in Michigan by 2012 and help to establish the U.S. as a global leader in the manufacturing of electric vehicles. Following his speech, the Secretary will tour the production facility and participate in a media availability with elected officials and representatives from A123 Systems.

Later in the day, Secretary Chu will travel to the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls to speak to employees and hear from them about the important work they do in support of the Department's clean energy and energy security agenda.

Monday, September 13, 2010

A123 Systems Battery Plant Grand Opening


What:U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu to speak at dedication ceremony for the A123 Systems battery plant
When:Monday, September 13
10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. - remarks
10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - plant tour followed by a media availability
Where:A123 Systems Automotive Solutions Group
39000 7 Mile Road
Livonia, MI 48152

Idaho National Laboratory Visit

What:Secretary Chu press availability
When:Monday, September 13
2:45 p.m. MDT
Where:Center for Advanced Energy Studies
995 University Blvd.
Idaho Falls, ID

Media representatives who want to attend the news conference should plan to be at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies at 2:00 in order to set up equipment and microphones; when Chu arrives the doors will be closed to additional participants.

DIRECTIONS: University Boulevard is north of INL's Engineering Research Office Building (EROB). Take Fremont Avenue north past Science Center Drive. Go one block past EROB, turn left onto University Boulevard and follow the road until it dead-ends at CAES.

Media contact(s):

(202) 586-4940