Johnson Controls-Saft Tapped by Battery Consortium to Develop Advanced Lithium-Ion Batteries for Hybrids.
The U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) has awarded Johnson Controls-Saft Advanced Power Solutions (JCS) a 24-month contract to develop advanced, lithium-ion batteries for hybrid-electric vehicles.
For the project, 50% financed by USABC, engineers and scientists at JCS will enhance lithium-ion battery technology for near-future hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs), focusing on accelerating lithium-ion (Li-Ion) technology development by improving battery power in low temperatures and creating solutions that reduce battery system costs.
The USABC is an industry group that pursues research and development on advanced energy systems to boost the range and performance of future electric and hybrid electric vehicles. Members of the USABC include the U.S. Department of Energy along with DaimlerChrysler, Ford and General Motors.
JCS and the Department of Energy are funding the project, and USABC is providing program support. JCS will supply cell modules that can be tested for abuse tolerance, pulse power, calendar life, and cycle life.
A major goal is to meet the FreedomCAR USABC battery-performance requirements. FreedomCAR is an industry government research initiative that targets the development of technologies for boosting fuel economy and reducing emissions of U.S. passenger vehicles.
"We are extremely gratified to receive this technology-development contract," said Johnson Controls' vice president and general manager of the company's hybrid battery business, Alan Mumby, who also leads the JCS joint venture. "The project reinforces our commitment to creating advanced-chemistry battery systems for tomorrow's HEVs and delivering sustained market and technology leadership. Our priorities are to work on cell performance, systems development and cost reduction for lithium-ion technology."
The JCS advanced battery hybrid systems team, located at the company's headquarters in Milwaukee, Wis., will direct the technology development program. Cell development efforts will be supported by JCS facilities in the United States and Europe.
In 2004, the USABC granted Johnson Controls an 18-month contract supporting the development of advanced, lithium-ion battery technology. That same year Saft was awarded a contract with the USABC of a similar nature. The new contract is a culmination of the development work by both companies to drive the technology to commercial viability.
The Johnson Controls-Saft joint venture was officially launched in January 2006.
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|Date:||Aug 14, 2006|
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