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A123 Systems Announces Satisfaction of Conditions for Release of $30 Million of Restricted Cash

WALTHAM, Mass., July 6, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A123 Systems (Nasdaq:AONE), a developer and manufacturer of advanced Nanophosphate® lithium ion batteries and systems, today announced that it has notified the holders of its 6.00% senior convertible notes of the satisfaction of the conditions for the release of $30 million of restricted cash related to such notes that is subject to an account control agreement. The company expects that the $30 million will become unrestricted and available for general corporate purposes subject to the delivery of administrative release documentation from the note holders on or about July 6, 2012.

About A123 Systems

A123 Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:AONE) is a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion batteries and energy storage systems for transportation, electric grid and commercial applications. Headquartered in Massachusetts and founded in 2001, A123's proprietary nanoscale electrode technology is built on initial developments from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For additional information please visit www.a123systems.com.

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Safe Harbor Disclosure

This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, including without limitation statements with respect to the timing for the release of restricted cash and availability of such funds.  Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are: delays in the development of A123's products, delays in the scale-up and increased efficiency of A123's manufacturing capacity, the potential for manufacturing defects, the possibility that the known defect could take longer and/or be more expensive to correct than anticipated, adverse economic conditions in general and adverse economic conditions specifically affecting the markets in which A123 operates, and other risks detailed in A123 Systems' 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2012 and other publicly-available filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 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: A123 Systems PR Contact:
         A123 Systems
         Dan Borgasano
         617-972-3471
         dborgasano@a123systems.com

         Edelman
         Courtney Kessler
         212-277-3720
         courtney.kessler@edelman.com
         
         A123 Systems IR Contact:
         ICR, LLC
         Garo Toomajanian
         617-972-3450
         ir@a123systems.com
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