More affordable energy storage for hybrid and electric vehicles

Johnson Controls Presents Next-Generation Energy Storage Solutions

Johnson Controls Power Solutions breathes life into hybrid and electric powertrains. At the 82nd Geneva Motor Show (8-18 March 2012), the market leader in vehicle batteries is presenting a technical highlight: Johnson Controls’ next generation low profile prismatic lithium-ion cells and submodules that feature all the components necessary to construct versatile, cost-efficient lithium-ion battery systems. Visitors can also test drive a Ford Transit Connect Electric (Essais Vert, PAV56) and learn more about the company’s full range of energy storage solutions (Pavillon Vert, PAV22).

Johnson Controls is showcasing its comprehensive battery expertise, from Start-Stop batteries to the prismatic lithium-ion cells for hybrid and electric cars. "Pavillon Vert at the autoshow is dedicated to sustainability. With our next generation energy storage solutions that help our customers to deliver more fuel efficient cars to consumers, we fit perfectly in this special "green" area of the Geneva autoshow," explains Stefan Suckow, managing director at Johnson Controls. "We’re currently working on making lithium-ion batteries more affordable with the aim of further launching them onto the mass market."

More affordable energy storage for hybrid and electric cars

Submodules are the electric heart of hybrid and electric cars and represent a key technology for further advancement. The next generation of submodules features prismatic cells as compared to today’s cylindrical cells, requiring less installation space and making them easier to integrate into cars. The submodules feature all the necessary components such as storage cells, an electric collector system, monitoring electronics, a cooling system and mechanical mounting options. Modular systems are easier to adapt to different cars, shortening development times and making batteries more affordable to produce. Johnson Controls currently plans to produce submodules beginning in 2014, and as part of its application pending under the national showcase project, the company could launch these automatic production capabilities at its Hanover facility which will help to further reduce battery costs.

A Ford Transit Connect Electric delivery vehicle powered by a Johnson Controls lithium-ion battery will also be available for test drives on location. "Eco-friendly vehicles represent the future and Johnson Controls is promoting this development," explains Stefan Suckow. "We want to demonstrate that with our trade fair stand at the Auto-Salon in Geneva."