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

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

PR Newswire

MILWAUKEE, Feb. 28, 2013

MILWAUKEE, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 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
automotive battery packs to power its award-winning 80-Horsepower electric
boat motor called DEEP BLUE.

"With our leading battery expertise, we helped our customer combine two
distinct technologies – the large outboard engine and electric motor -- making
the Torqeedo DEEP BLUE system a real game-changer," said Holger Jetses, vice
president and general manager for Johnson Controls Power Solutions' Original
Equipment group, EMEA. "In bringing this innovative product to the marine
market we are helping to provide a cleaner, quieter and more economical
boating experience for users."

Johnson Controls modified its Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) battery,
making the product waterproof and resistant to salt water, for Torqeedo's
marine application.

"The collaboration between Johnson Controls and Torqeedo gave birth to a new
battery solution. It's the first time ever used in the marine industry," said
Dr. Christoph Ballin, Torqeedo's CEO. "By integrating the high performance
automotive batteries for use in boats and ships, Torqeedo is pleased to bring
this truly unique product to market."

DEEP BLUE has taken the boating industry's top awards for innovation. Earlier
this month, it received the 2013 Innovation Award at the National Marine
Manufacturers Association conference in Miami.

Torqeedo's DEEP BLUE was also the Overall Winner of the prestigious 2012 DAME
Award at the world's largest marine equipment show, METS, in Amsterdam this
past November. The jury praised Torqeedo's groundbreaking research and
development, saying, "In bringing this truly original product to the marine
market, DEEP BLUE's designers have achieved a first-class package that offers
convenience, price worthiness and performance."

DEEP BLUE was selected from 115 innovations of the marine industry from 25
countries as the overall winner.

"Johnson Controls maintains our long-term commitment to build an industry that
allows for continuing growth, new jobs and global leadership in the
development and manufacture of innovative advanced energy storage
technologies," said Jetses.

Multimedia assets are available on our online media center.

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.

About Torqeedo
Founded in 2005 in Starnberg, Germany, Torqeedo is the market leader in the
fast growing electric outboard motor industry. Torqeedo's range of high-tech
outboards combine lithium batteries with leading-edge motor technology and
propeller design to offer unrivalled strength and efficiency for superior
range. All Torqeedo systems offer ultra-light designs and intelligent
information systems. With a broad product range of outboards ranging from 1 to
80 horse-power, as well as innovative accessories, including solar powered
chargers and high-powered lithium batteries, Torqeedo's products are
environmentally-sound and truly pioneering, reflected in the numerous awards
the products have won globally. Torqeedo products are currently available in
over 40 countries world-wide. For further information, please visit

         Gretchen Miller

CONTACT: (414) 630-6723

SOURCE Johnson Controls, Inc.

Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.