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Johnson Controls Get Ford Plug-in Hybrid Battery Contract

The batteries will be shipped to Ford under a five-year supply agreement that calls for initial shipments of 5,000 batteries a year.

Published: 04-Feb-2009

Glendale-based Johnson Controls Inc. plans to make batteries for a Ford Motor Co. plug-in hybrid electric vehicle that is to be introduced in 2012.

Ford has selected the hybrid battery joint venture between Johnson Controls, the world's largest battery supplier, and French battery developer Saft to supply lithium-ion batteries for plug-in hybrids.

"This is a great day for the automotive industry in America," Alex Molinaroli, president of Johnson Controls Power Solutions, said in a statement prepared for release at the Washington Auto Show, where the Ford partnership is to be announced today.


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.

Dramatic developments in stored-power technology make electric cars more viable than ever. Pictures is Th!nk Global's new Ox crossover vehicle.

Chrysler is looking to develop their next generation of plug-ins to compete directly with GM's upcoming 2010 Volt using GE's 'dual-battery' energy storage system.


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