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Hybrid Tech Holdings, one of the companies seeking to acquire Fisker Automotive’s assets in bankruptcy court, has formed an alliance with Massachusetts-based battery supplier Boston-Power. As reported by Delaware Online, the new alliance could help Hybrid Tech compete with Chinese auto parts giant Wanxiang, which has submitted a rival bid. Fisker’s future is expected to be decided in a hearing scheduled for February 12.
“This non-exclusive partnership with Boston-Power is a key element of Hybrid’s ongoing review of alternative leading-edge battery suppliers that will support its Karma restart program and deliver a best-in-class battery solution,” said Megan Grant, spokeswoman for Hybrid. “Hybrid has been engaged in a thorough review of all of Fisker’s supplier relationships, with the goal of ensuring that customer demands for a high-quality and high-performance luxury EV are met.”
Boston-Power Chief Technology Officer Richard Chamberlain said, “Like our new partners, we believe Fisker has a bright and continued future in the US. We feel strongly that our products will help ensure the future success of the Karma and forthcoming Atlantic vehicles.”
Separately, Boston-Power announced that it has achieved ISO/TS 16949 certification for its battery cell assembly products. Boston-Power’s first-generation battery block product, Swing Key 442 Lithium-Ion Block, will be joined by its second-generation block product later this year.
“Achieving TS16949 certification is a major milestone for Boston-Power as a supplier to the automotive industry,” said Dennis Foley, Director of Quality. “This certification guarantees that our organization follows the strictest rules of quality and process management.”