US-based A123 Systems has signed a production agreement with Smith Electric Vehicles to supply battery modules for zero-emission all-electric commercial vehicles.

Under the agreement, A123 will supply its 5kWh automotive-class prismatic modules to Smith for integration into battery packs that will be implemented in the Smith Newton trucks.

A123 expects to begin shipping its 5kWh automotive-class prismatic modules in the second half of this year.

Smith Electric Vehicles president and CEO Bryan Hansel said the highly scalable design of A123’s lithium ion battery modules enables the company to build customized battery packs to meet individual customers’ range specifications.

"This allows our customers to maximize the performance of their electric vehicles while realizing a faster return on investment," Hansel said.

A123 is a developer and manufacturer of advanced Nanophosphate lithium ion batteries and systems for the transportation, electric grid services and commercial markets.