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Johnson Controls Shrinks Micro-Hybrid Battery Pack to Size of Shoebox

It’s expected to have lower up-front costs for fuel efficiency, but only has a lifespan of four years on the battery

A Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based global automotive supplier has developed a smaller micro-hybrid battery pack meant to make gains in fuel efficiency more affordable.

According to The Detroit News, Johnson Controls has reduced the size of the micro-hybrid battery pa More

It’s expected to have lower up-front costs for fuel efficiency, but only has a lifespan of four years on the battery

A Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based global automotive supplier has developed a smaller micro-hybrid battery pack meant to make gains in fuel efficiency more affordable.

According to The Detroit News, Johnson Controls has reduced the size of the micro-hybrid battery pa More

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Saft Li-ion Batteries Make an Important Breakthrough with Contract for Houston Harbor’s Hybrid-Powered Mobile Cranes

Saft Li-ion batteries will enable MJ EcoPower Hybrid Systems (a division of Mi-Jack Products) to provide a greener option for mobile RTG cranes as part of innovative hybrid diesel-electric drives that cut fuel consumption by up to 70 percent

PARIS —

Saft (Euronext: Saft), the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of advanced technology batteries for industry, has been aw More

Saft Li-ion batteries will enable MJ EcoPower Hybrid Systems (a division of Mi-Jack Products) to provide a greener option for mobile RTG cranes as part of innovative hybrid diesel-electric drives that cut fuel consumption by up to 70 percent

PARIS —

Saft (Euronext: Saft), the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of advanced technology batteries for industry, has been aw More

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LG Chem, Johnson Controls, AESC Lead Li-ion Battery Market

LG Chem and Johnson Controls currently lead the lithium ion (li-ion) batteries for electric vehicles market in terms of both strategy and execution, according to a leaderboard report by Navigant Research.

Only three companies — LG Chem, Johnson Controls and AESC — are ranked as “leaders” in the report’s leaderboard grid (see graphic). Steady but gradual growth in EV sales has limi More

LG Chem and Johnson Controls currently lead the lithium ion (li-ion) batteries for electric vehicles market in terms of both strategy and execution, according to a leaderboard report by Navigant Research.

Only three companies — LG Chem, Johnson Controls and AESC — are ranked as “leaders” in the report’s leaderboard grid (see graphic). Steady but gradual growth in EV sales has limi More

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Johnson Controls to Supply Li-ion Batteries to Power Hybrid Trucks as Part of Department of Energy Program Award

MILWAUKEE – Johnson Controls, the world’s leading manufacturer of automotive batteries, will supply Lithium-ion batteries to power large plug-in hybrid trucks as part of a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) electrification initiative.

About 120 work trucks, to be used by publicly owned utilities and municipal electric companies, will utilize advanced plug-in hybrid power systems b More

MILWAUKEE – Johnson Controls, the world’s leading manufacturer of automotive batteries, will supply Lithium-ion batteries to power large plug-in hybrid trucks as part of a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) electrification initiative.

About 120 work trucks, to be used by publicly owned utilities and municipal electric companies, will utilize advanced plug-in hybrid power systems b More

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120 Plug-In Hybrid Work Trucks On Their Way

Johnson Controls will supply lithium-ion batteries to power large plug-in hybrid trucks as part of a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) electrification initiative.

About 120 work trucks, to be used by publicly owned utilities and municipal electric companies, will utilize plug-in hybrid power systems by Odyne Systems, LLC, using Johnson Controls’ batteries.

Odyne, in conjunction with More

Johnson Controls will supply lithium-ion batteries to power large plug-in hybrid trucks as part of a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) electrification initiative.

About 120 work trucks, to be used by publicly owned utilities and municipal electric companies, will utilize plug-in hybrid power systems by Odyne Systems, LLC, using Johnson Controls’ batteries.

Odyne, in conjunction with More

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Johnson Controls’ Li-ion batteries to power award-winning electric boat motor

MILWAUKEE, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Johnson Controls, Inc., the world’s leading supplier of automotive batteries, is slated to begin production this spring of Li-ion battery packs out of its advanced battery plant in Holland, Mich., for Torqeedo’s all-electric boat motors.

Torqeedo, a German-based manufacturer, will use Johnson Controls’ Li-ion automo More

MILWAUKEE, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Johnson Controls, Inc., the world’s leading supplier of automotive batteries, is slated to begin production this spring of Li-ion battery packs out of its advanced battery plant in Holland, Mich., for Torqeedo’s all-electric boat motors.

Torqeedo, a German-based manufacturer, will use Johnson Controls’ Li-ion automo More

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JCI develops 48-volt lithium-ion battery for European automakers

Supplier Johnson Controls Inc. is developing a 48-volt lithium-ion battery for European automakers.

The higher voltage is needed to handle a growing number of electrical systems that save fuel but need more volts, such as stop-start, electric power steering, regenerative brakes and other energy-efficient electrical systems.

Alex Molinaroli, president of JCI’s battery division, More

Supplier Johnson Controls Inc. is developing a 48-volt lithium-ion battery for European automakers.

The higher voltage is needed to handle a growing number of electrical systems that save fuel but need more volts, such as stop-start, electric power steering, regenerative brakes and other energy-efficient electrical systems.

Alex Molinaroli, president of JCI’s battery division, More

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USA: $4.5 million awarded for lithium battery research by Johnson Controls, PolyPlus

A Silicon Valley battery developer and Johnson Controls Inc. will team up to develop a water-based lithium-sulfur battery, the U.S. Energy Department announced.

PolyPlus Battery Co. of Berkeley, Calif., and Johnson Controls were awarded $4.5 million from the Advanced Research Projects-Energy, which announced funding for projects in 24 states this week.

The water-based lithium-sulfur More

A Silicon Valley battery developer and Johnson Controls Inc. will team up to develop a water-based lithium-sulfur battery, the U.S. Energy Department announced.

PolyPlus Battery Co. of Berkeley, Calif., and Johnson Controls were awarded $4.5 million from the Advanced Research Projects-Energy, which announced funding for projects in 24 states this week.

The water-based lithium-sulfur More

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Electric Drive Transportation Association Responds to Johnson Controls Purchasing A123 Assets

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Brian Wynne, president of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement about Johnson Controls purchasing A123 Systems’ automotive business assets:

“Consolidation is an expected market force in all emerging industries, especially one as dynam More

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Brian Wynne, president of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement about Johnson Controls purchasing A123 Systems’ automotive business assets:

“Consolidation is an expected market force in all emerging industries, especially one as dynam More

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Got A Battery Breakthrough? You Need Friends in Manufacturing

PolyPlus partners with Johnson Controls and Corning to commercialize energy dense lithium-water, lithium-air, and lithium-sulfur batteries.

PolyPlus—a tiny, 27-person battery startup—has decided it needs to learn the ropes of volume manufacturing in order to bring its technology to market.

Earlier this week, th More

PolyPlus partners with Johnson Controls and Corning to commercialize energy dense lithium-water, lithium-air, and lithium-sulfur batteries.

PolyPlus—a tiny, 27-person battery startup—has decided it needs to learn the ropes of volume manufacturing in order to bring its technology to market.

Earlier this week, th More

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USA: PolyPlus, Johnson Controls team up on advanced lithium battery R&D

?Johnson Controls Inc. will partner with advanced lithium battery developer PolyPlus Battery Co. on work to move the California firm’s batteries toward commercialization.

The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday announced funding of $8.99 million for PolyPlus, for a project involving partners Johnson Controls and Corning Inc. Berkeley-based PolyPlus will invest $2.92 million in the projec More

?Johnson Controls Inc. will partner with advanced lithium battery developer PolyPlus Battery Co. on work to move the California firm’s batteries toward commercialization.

The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday announced funding of $8.99 million for PolyPlus, for a project involving partners Johnson Controls and Corning Inc. Berkeley-based PolyPlus will invest $2.92 million in the projec More

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USA: Johnson Controls Battery Deal

Johnson Controls Lands $5.4 Million Battery Deal

By Sam Schrader
Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) has announced it’s awarded a $5.48-million lithium-ion battery technology development contract to Johnson Controls Inc. (NYSE:JCI)

The $5.4 million will be used to aid in the process of developing JCI’s lithium-ion More

Johnson Controls Lands $5.4 Million Battery Deal

By Sam Schrader
Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) has announced it’s awarded a $5.48-million lithium-ion battery technology development contract to Johnson Controls Inc. (NYSE:JCI)

The $5.4 million will be used to aid in the process of developing JCI’s lithium-ion More

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LG Chem and Johnson Controls Score Highest in New Pike Research Assessment of Electric Vehicle Battery Manufacturers

BOULDER, Colo., Feb 06, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The electric vehicle (EV) battery industry is entering a mature phase. While some companies have been developing products for as long as 15 years, others are less than a decade old. The earliest development efforts focused on nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) and lead-acid batteries, but today companies and automakers have standardized on lithium ion More

BOULDER, Colo., Feb 06, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The electric vehicle (EV) battery industry is entering a mature phase. While some companies have been developing products for as long as 15 years, others are less than a decade old. The earliest development efforts focused on nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) and lead-acid batteries, but today companies and automakers have standardized on lithium ion More

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USA: Johnson Electric Launches Battery Cooling Fan Module for Hybrid and Electric …

HONG KONG–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–Johnson Electric today announced a new cooling fan product line for hybrid and electric vehicles. The cooling fan module (CFM EV) is designed to have extremely long life to continuously manage the battery temperature during the operating and recharge cycles of plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. The CFM EV is launched under the GATE brand and de More

HONG KONG–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–Johnson Electric today announced a new cooling fan product line for hybrid and electric vehicles. The cooling fan module (CFM EV) is designed to have extremely long life to continuously manage the battery temperature during the operating and recharge cycles of plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. The CFM EV is launched under the GATE brand and de More

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USA: Johnson Controls finishes record year with 20% jump in profit

Updated: Oct. 27, 2011 7:55 a.m. |(35) Comments

Johnson Controls Inc. on Thursday said its fourth-quarter earnings rose 20%, as the company completed a record fiscal year that saw sales top $40 billion for the first time.

Sales rose 19% to $10.8 billion in the quarter from $9 billion a year ago. Net income was $538 million, or 78 cents a share, compared with $449 million, or 66 cents More

Updated: Oct. 27, 2011 7:55 a.m. |(35) Comments

Johnson Controls Inc. on Thursday said its fourth-quarter earnings rose 20%, as the company completed a record fiscal year that saw sales top $40 billion for the first time.

Sales rose 19% to $10.8 billion in the quarter from $9 billion a year ago. Net income was $538 million, or 78 cents a share, compared with $449 million, or 66 cents More

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USA: Johnson Controls Completes Acquisition of Li-ion Automotive Battery Joint Venture

MILWAUKEE, Sept. 30, 2011 — /PRNewswire/ — Johnson Controls, Inc., (NYSE: JCI) and Saft (Euronext: SAFT) have closed on the agreement to end their joint venture, Johnson Controls-Saft, which was formed in 2006 to develop and manufacture Li-ion vehicle batteries. Under the terms of the agreement, Johnson Controls has acquired Saft’s share of the company for $145 million in cash. More

MILWAUKEE, Sept. 30, 2011 — /PRNewswire/ — Johnson Controls, Inc., (NYSE: JCI) and Saft (Euronext: SAFT) have closed on the agreement to end their joint venture, Johnson Controls-Saft, which was formed in 2006 to develop and manufacture Li-ion vehicle batteries. Under the terms of the agreement, Johnson Controls has acquired Saft’s share of the company for $145 million in cash. More

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China/USA: Car battery maker in poisoning storm

Battery manufacturer Johnson Controls is at the centre of huge controversy in Shanghai, China, over potential lead poisoning.

Production at two factories has been halted after 21 children in a residential area suffered lead poisoning and Ju Chunfang, a senior official from Pudong’s Environmental Protection Department, has pinpointed Johnson Controls as the likely source.

Of the 21 More

Battery manufacturer Johnson Controls is at the centre of huge controversy in Shanghai, China, over potential lead poisoning.

Production at two factories has been halted after 21 children in a residential area suffered lead poisoning and Ju Chunfang, a senior official from Pudong’s Environmental Protection Department, has pinpointed Johnson Controls as the likely source.

Of the 21 More

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USA: Electric-Car Battery Makers’ Capacity Will Be Double Demand

Sept. 14 (Bloomberg) — Producers of electric-car batteries such as LG Chem Ltd. and Johnson Controls Inc. are building new plants at such a pace that capacity will grow to almost double automakers’ demand, a Bloomberg New Energy Finance report shows.

While manufacturers will have capacity to make 35 gigawatt hours of batteries by 2013, carmakers have committed to produce as many More

Sept. 14 (Bloomberg) — Producers of electric-car batteries such as LG Chem Ltd. and Johnson Controls Inc. are building new plants at such a pace that capacity will grow to almost double automakers’ demand, a Bloomberg New Energy Finance report shows.

While manufacturers will have capacity to make 35 gigawatt hours of batteries by 2013, carmakers have committed to produce as many More

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USA: The Battery Show brings strategic insights, technologies to Michigan’s rapidly-growing industry

Registration now open for the Oct. 25-27 advanced battery expo and conference

NOVI, Mich., Aug. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Tackling the business and technology hurdles that define the competitive and constantly evolving $30 billion energy storage industry is no easy task. Strategic decisions require careful consideration, as many can make or break a business. The Battery Show, to be held More

Registration now open for the Oct. 25-27 advanced battery expo and conference

NOVI, Mich., Aug. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Tackling the business and technology hurdles that define the competitive and constantly evolving $30 billion energy storage industry is no easy task. Strategic decisions require careful consideration, as many can make or break a business. The Battery Show, to be held More

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USA: Johnson Controls and Saft Reach an Agreement to End Li-ion Automotive Battery Joint Venture

MILWAUKEE and PARIS, Sept. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Johnson Controls, Inc., (NYSE: JCI) and Saft (Euronext: SAFT) have reached an agreement to end their joint venture, Johnson Controls-Saft, which was formed in 2006 to develop and manufacture Li-ion vehicle batteries. Under the terms of the agreement, Johnson Controls will acquire Saft’s share of the company for $145 million in cash. The More

MILWAUKEE and PARIS, Sept. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Johnson Controls, Inc., (NYSE: JCI) and Saft (Euronext: SAFT) have reached an agreement to end their joint venture, Johnson Controls-Saft, which was formed in 2006 to develop and manufacture Li-ion vehicle batteries. Under the terms of the agreement, Johnson Controls will acquire Saft’s share of the company for $145 million in cash. The More

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USA: Investment boosts Odyne’s hybrid truck battery project

A Waukesha developer of plug-in hybrid technology for work trucks is expecting to expand with investment and supply agreements involving Johnson Controls Inc.’s battery business.

Odyne Systems develops modular plug-in hybrid systems for medium and heavy duty trucks.

The companies announced that Johnson Controls would invest in Odyne to fund expansion and accelerate broad commer More

A Waukesha developer of plug-in hybrid technology for work trucks is expecting to expand with investment and supply agreements involving Johnson Controls Inc.’s battery business.

Odyne Systems develops modular plug-in hybrid systems for medium and heavy duty trucks.

The companies announced that Johnson Controls would invest in Odyne to fund expansion and accelerate broad commer More

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Global Lithium Availability – A Constraint for Electric Vehicles?

Summary
There is disagreement on whether the supply of lithium is
adequate to support a future global fleet of electric vehicles.
We report a comprehensive analysis of the global lithium resources
and compare it to an assessment of global lithium demand
from 2010 to 2100 that assumes rapid and widespread
adoption of electric vehicles.

Recent estimates of More

Summary
There is disagreement on whether the supply of lithium is
adequate to support a future global fleet of electric vehicles.
We report a comprehensive analysis of the global lithium resources
and compare it to an assessment of global lithium demand
from 2010 to 2100 that assumes rapid and widespread
adoption of electric vehicles.

Recent estimates of More

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USA: A123 Systems to Supply Advanced Energy Storage System to Dongfang Electric Corporation

A123 Systems to Supply Advanced Energy Storage System to Dongfang Electric Corporation
WALTHAM, Mass., July 26, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A123 Systems, (Nasdaq:AONE) a developer and manufacturer of advanced Nanophosphate™ lithium ion batteries and systems, today announced a contract to supply a 500kW advanced energy storage solution to Dongfang Electric Corporation (DEC), the third lar More

A123 Systems to Supply Advanced Energy Storage System to Dongfang Electric Corporation
WALTHAM, Mass., July 26, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A123 Systems, (Nasdaq:AONE) a developer and manufacturer of advanced Nanophosphate™ lithium ion batteries and systems, today announced a contract to supply a 500kW advanced energy storage solution to Dongfang Electric Corporation (DEC), the third lar More

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USA: Johnson Controls invests in local developer of plug-in hybrid technology

Odyne Systems of Waukesha and Johnson Controls have announced a supply and investment agreement Wednesday to fund Odyne’s expansion.

Odyne develops modular plug-in hybrid systems for medium and heavy duty trucks.

The companies announced that Johnson Controls has made a strategic investmet in Odyne to fund expansion and accelerate broad commercialization of Odyne’s hybrid systems. More

Odyne Systems of Waukesha and Johnson Controls have announced a supply and investment agreement Wednesday to fund Odyne’s expansion.

Odyne develops modular plug-in hybrid systems for medium and heavy duty trucks.

The companies announced that Johnson Controls has made a strategic investmet in Odyne to fund expansion and accelerate broad commercialization of Odyne’s hybrid systems. More

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USA: Tesla Motors Newsletter, July 2011

Interest in Model S is running high as it enters the Beta phase of development. Recently, Tesla owners and fans submitted questions about the car’s design via Twitter, Facebook and the Tesla Forums. In today’s blog post, Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen and Model S Program Director Jerome Guillen take on a mash-up of queries about anything and everything design-related – right More

Interest in Model S is running high as it enters the Beta phase of development. Recently, Tesla owners and fans submitted questions about the car’s design via Twitter, Facebook and the Tesla Forums. In today’s blog post, Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen and Model S Program Director Jerome Guillen take on a mash-up of queries about anything and everything design-related – right More

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USA: Chevrolet Volts Roll in to Carolinas to Expand EV Industry

■Duke Energy, Progress Energy join GM and the Electric Power Research Institute to prepare for electric vehicles
■Volts to be delivered to dealers in North and South Carolina in August

RALEIGH, N.C. – Customer confidence in driving the Chevrolet Volt as an everyday vehicle depends on electric utilities providing the uninterrupted power at home and work to support the vehicles. More

■Duke Energy, Progress Energy join GM and the Electric Power Research Institute to prepare for electric vehicles
■Volts to be delivered to dealers in North and South Carolina in August

RALEIGH, N.C. – Customer confidence in driving the Chevrolet Volt as an everyday vehicle depends on electric utilities providing the uninterrupted power at home and work to support the vehicles. More

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USA: Solar Parking Canopies – Serious Power, Cool Shade

It takes a lot of electricity to run Dow Jones, one of the world’s largest publishers and information providers. Dow Jones is now generating 3.6 MW of its own electricity with Solaire Generation Solar Parking Canopies. Solar parking structures allow organizations to reduce their utility bills, get more control of their own electricity generation, convert asphalt heat islands into attractive demo More

It takes a lot of electricity to run Dow Jones, one of the world’s largest publishers and information providers. Dow Jones is now generating 3.6 MW of its own electricity with Solaire Generation Solar Parking Canopies. Solar parking structures allow organizations to reduce their utility bills, get more control of their own electricity generation, convert asphalt heat islands into attractive demo More

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There’s a severe oversupply of electric car batteries comin’

Part of the reason for the oversupply of EV batteries is simple: The market for electric cars is looking like it’s going to be a lot smaller than predicted, at least in the short term. The crunched market is something battery maker Ener1, which had a deal with electric car maker Think, and Johnson Controls, which has a battery partnership with Saft, have discussed publicly. Johnson Controls is l More

Part of the reason for the oversupply of EV batteries is simple: The market for electric cars is looking like it’s going to be a lot smaller than predicted, at least in the short term. The crunched market is something battery maker Ener1, which had a deal with electric car maker Think, and Johnson Controls, which has a battery partnership with Saft, have discussed publicly. Johnson Controls is l More

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USA: NREL Supports Industry to Develop Computer-Aided Engineering Tools for Car Batteries

July 7, 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently awarded three industry teams, after a competitive procurement process, a total of $7 million for the development of computer-aided software design tools to help produce the next generation of electric drive vehicle (EDV) batteries.

These projects support DOE’s Computer-Aided En More

July 7, 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently awarded three industry teams, after a competitive procurement process, a total of $7 million for the development of computer-aided software design tools to help produce the next generation of electric drive vehicle (EDV) batteries.

These projects support DOE’s Computer-Aided En More

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USA: Johnson Controls to Invest $138.5 Million in Toledo, Ohio Battery Facility to Support Rapidly Emerging Start-Stop Vehicle Technology

MILWAUKEE, June 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE: JCI) today announced plans to invest $138.5 million to convert its battery plant near Toledo, Ohio into an Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) battery facility for Start-Stop and other high efficiency vehicles. Subject to final state and local incentives, the facility will be the company’s first such plant in the United State More

MILWAUKEE, June 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE: JCI) today announced plans to invest $138.5 million to convert its battery plant near Toledo, Ohio into an Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) battery facility for Start-Stop and other high efficiency vehicles. Subject to final state and local incentives, the facility will be the company’s first such plant in the United State More

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