As we evaluate the Biden team’s approach to building back domestic manufacturing and climate-positive infrastructure, we keep coming back to the question: what makes the current push different from the Obama era one? 

You can’t answer the question without exploring the factors behind the demise of some companies of the cleantech 1.0 era – in particular, the story of A123 Systems.

This week, we’re talking with Gabrielle Coppola, a Bloomberg auto journalist, about her new magazine feature about America’s tortured journey to build EV batteries.

A123 Systems was supposed to represent the next generation of domestic manufacturing. Instead, it showed how America excels at inventing new energy technologies, but not building them.

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