Electric vehicle battery maker A123 and its US subsidiaries filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this morning, it announced. It will sell its automotive business assets to Johnson Controls, another battery producer.After Mitt Romney’s attack on Tesla and other clean energy investments as “losers” in the last debate, expect this news to come up in round two, tonight.
The move is not surprising, after A123 announced in an SEC filing last week it would be unable to pay the interest due on $143.75 million of outstanding convertible debt.
Weak demand for the cars whose battery it produces, including the Fisker Karma, hurt A123, which had expected to created 38,000 jobs in the United States, according to Reuters.
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