PHOTO CAPTION: BMW 7 Series ActiveHybrid

JCS to Build Batteries for BMW 7 Series ActiveHybrid

The joint ohnson Controls-Saft venture will manufacture the lithium on batteries at their factory in Nersac, France.

Published: 15-Oct-2008

Milwaukee -- Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI) said today that its Johnson Controls-Saft venture has won a second production contract to build lithium-ion batteries for a hybrid vehicle.

The joint venture's factory in Nersac, France, will make the batteries for the BMW 7 Series ActiveHybrid car, shown this month at the Paris motor show.

The factory opened in January to produce lithium-ion batteries for a hybrid Mercedes sedan.


The phosphate-based Epoch batteries are equipped with an advanced management system that will monitor and adjust cell performance.

The battery system was developed by CSIRO in Australia, built by the Furukawa Battery Company of Japan and tested in the United Kingdom through the American-based Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium.

The new batteries will make the GM Hybrid System nearly three times more powerful than the system it replaces. Pictured is 2009 Saturn Vue Green Line with Two-mode hybrid drive.


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