A123 Filing Shows Struggle Extending MIT Smarts to Factory Floor

A123 Filing Shows Struggle Extending MIT Smarts to Factory Floor

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Crates of batteries move on an assembly line at the A123 Systems lithium ion automotive battery manufacturing plant in Livonia, Michigan, in 2010. The company, co-founded by a 26-year-old from MIT, produced faulty batteries that forced its main customer, Fisker Automotive Inc., to recall hundreds of $103,000 cars.