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A123 Systems Updates Assets Sales

WALTHAM, Mass., Jan. 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A123 Systems ("A123" or the "Company") today provided an update regarding the previously announced asset purchase agreements with Wanxiang America Corporation ("Wanxiang") and Navitas Systems LLC ("Navitas").

A123 continues to work with Wanxiang and Navitas to prepare for the closing of the transactions contemplated by the asset purchase agreements. A123 currently expects that the transactions will close pursuant to the terms set forth in the asset purchase agreements by February 1, 2013.

Additional information is available on A123's website at www.a123systems.com or by calling A123's Restructuring Hotline, toll-free in the U.S., at 1-800-224-7654. For calls originating outside the U.S., please dial +1 973-509-3190. Court documents and additional information can be found at a dedicated website administrated by the Company's Claims Agent, Logan & Company: www.loganandco.com .

About A123 Systems

A123 Systems, Inc. is a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion batteries and energy storage systems for transportation, electric grid and commercial applications. The company's proprietary Nanophosphate® lithium iron phosphate technology is built on novel nanoscale materials initially developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is designed to deliver high power and energy density, increased safety and extended life. A123 leverages breakthrough technology, high-quality manufacturing and expert systems integration capabilities to deliver innovative solutions that enable customers to bring next-generation products to market. For additional information please visit www.a123systems.com .

Safe Harbor Disclosure

This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended that are subject to risks, uncertainties and other important factors, including statements with respect to the expected closing of the transactions contemplated by the asset purchase agreement and the satisfaction of conditions to closing of the transactions. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are: failure to obtain approvals required for the closing or other failures to satisfy the conditions to closing of the transactions. All forward-looking statements reflect A123's expectations only as of the date of this release and should not be relied upon as reflecting A123's views, expectations or beliefs at any date subsequent to the date of this release.

CONTACT: Media Contacts
         
         Jason Miner
         The Glover Park Group
         202-295-0118
         Jminer@gpgdc.com
         
         Caroline Langdale
         The Glover Park Group
         917-596-8470
         Clangdale@gpgdc.com
         
         Dan Borgasano
         A123 Systems
         617-972-3471
         dborgasano@a123systems.com

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