Johnson Controls' batteries power Ford's Fusion Auto Start-Stop vehicle

   Johnson Controls' batteries power Ford's Fusion Auto Start-Stop vehicle

PR Newswire

DETROIT, Jan. 14, 2013

DETROIT, Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnson Controls, Inc., the world's
leading supplier of automotive batteries, is providing its advanced Absorbent
Glass Mat (AGM) battery technology to power Ford Motor Company's 2013 Fusion
Auto Start-Stop vehicle.

AGM batteries are a proven advanced energy storage solution for Start-Stop
vehicles in Europe, where Johnson Controls has manufactured more than 18
million since 2001 and now produces more than 4.5 million annually. According
to recent consumer research commissioned by Johnson Controls, 90 percent of
the Start-Stop vehicle owners in Europe say they are very satisfied with the
technology and are likely to purchase such a vehicle again.

Johnson Controls is now supplying the same AGM technology here in the U.S.
with batteries that are being manufactured out of its facilities in St.
Joseph, Mo. and Toledo, Ohio.

"AGM technology is ideal for Start-Stop applications because it is better
equipped than traditional batteries to support electrical loads while the
engine is off, and power deep cycling associated with frequent starts and
stops," said Ray Shemanski, vice president and general manager of the Original
Equipment Group for Johnson Controls Power Solutions. "AGM batteries help our
customers improve fuel efficiency and environmental performance while
consumers see immediate economic benefits."

AGM batteries used in a Start-Stop system help reduce fuel consumption as the
engine shuts off when the vehicle comes to a stop in traffic or at a red
light. The battery restarts the engine when the driver's foot releases the
brake pedal or engages the clutch.

According to the company's research, 97 percent of U.S. consumers say they are
ready for Start-Stop vehicles, which are rapidly becoming an industry staple
in Europe. Ford is one of the first automakers to offer it in this country.

Johnson Controls estimates the global Start-Stop market for new vehicles could
reach 35 million annually by 2017. The company is investing $140 million to
grow AGM manufacturing capacity to 6 million in the United States at its
facilities in St. Joseph, Mo. and Toledo, Ohio.

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About Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader
serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 170,000 employees create
quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational
efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced
batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for
automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885,
with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth
strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value
to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2011, Corporate
Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #1 company in its
annual "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list. For additional information, please

About Johnson Controls Power Solutions

Johnson Controls Power Solutions is the global leader in lead-acid automotive
batteries and advanced batteries for Start-Stop, hybrid and electric
vehicles. Our 50 manufacturing, recycling and distribution centers supply
more than one-third of the world's lead-acid batteries to major automakers and
aftermarket retailers. Through our innovations we are building the advanced
battery industry for hybrid and electric vehicles. We were the first company
in the world to produce lithium-ion batteries for mass-production hybrid
vehicles. Our commitment to sustainability is evidenced by our world-class
technology, manufacturing and recycling capabilities.

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SOURCE Johnson Controls, Inc.

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