04 Jan Johnson Controls unit lands contract for plug-in hybrid battery
Milwaukee, Wis. – As part of a new contract with General Motors, the French hybrid battery unit of Johnson Controls will design plug-in batteries for a Saturn hybrid vehicle.
Under the terms of the agreement, Johnson Controls-Saft Advanced Power Solutions will design and test lithium-ion batteries that can be recharged from a typical household electrical outlet.
It is the second hybrid battery contract in recent months for JCS. In August of 2006, the European company was awarded a 24-month contract by the United States Advanced Battery Consortium to develop advanced, lithium-ion batteries for hybrid-electric vehicles.
In that project, which will be 50 percent financed the USABC, engineers at JCS are working to improve lithium-ion battery performance for near-future HEVs, particularly in cold temperatures.
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