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October 12, 2005

Johnson Controls Teams with Saft on Hybrid Vehicle Batteries

Johnson Controls Inc. announced on October 11th that it is forming a joint venture with Saft to develop, manufacture, and sell advanced batteries for hybrid electric vehicles. Saft is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of advanced technology batteries. The news follows Johnson Controls' dedication of its new Lithium Ion Battery Research and Development Facility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on September 28th. The new facility contains state-of-the-art equipment for fabricating advanced lithium ion batteries for use in hybrid vehicles. See the September 28th and October 11th press releases from Johnson Controls.

Photo of a complex electronic device with lights and two nozzles extending down to a metal cylinder.

This coating equipment in the Johnson Controls' new battery development laboratory is used to produce battery electrodes.
Credit: Johnson Controls

DOE is praising the new facility, which will help Johnson Controls complete an automotive battery development project being funded through DOE's cooperative agreement with the U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC). The 18-month project aims to develop an abuse-tolerant lithium ion battery with extended life and significantly improved power-to-weight performance. The total program cost is projected to be $8,572,333, with DOE providing about one-third of the cost, $2.85 million. See the DOE press release.

DOE's FreedomCAR and Vehicle Technologies Program works with industry to develop advanced transportation technologies that reduce the nation's use of imported oil and increase our energy security. Lithium ion battery technology has been identified as a critical enabling technology for advanced, fuel-efficient vehicles. DOE recently signed a five-year extension of the cooperative agreement with the USABC to develop advanced battery technologies for use in hybrid, electric, and fuel cell vehicles. See the FreedomCAR and Vehicle Technologies Program Web site.