A123 Systems, developer and manufacturer of Nanophosphate lithium-ion batteries and systems, has signed a production agreement with Smith Electric Vehicles to supply battery modules for Smith’s lineup of zero-emission, all-electric commercial vehicles (CVs). A123 expects to begin shipping its 5-kW·h, automotive-class prismatic modules to Smith for integration into battery packs in the second half of 2011. Plans call for the battery technology to be first implemented in the Smith Newton truck, an all-electric, 7.5-ton (16,535 GVWR) to 15-ton (33,000 GVWR) vehicle that has been commercialized globally. Smith’s customers include Frito-Lay (a division of PepsiCo), Staples, and Coca-Cola, as well as the U.S. Marine Corps. “The highly scalable, building-block design of A123’s modules enables us to build customized battery packs to meet individual customers’ range specifications,” said Bryan Hansel, President and CEO of Smith Electric Vehicles. The deal reinforces A123’s position as a provider of lithium-ion battery technology for heavy-duty and commercial transportation applications.