Johnson Controls to supply Li-ion batteries to power hybrid trucks as part of
Department of Energy program award
MILWAUKEE, June 6, 2013
MILWAUKEE, June 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Johnson Controls, the world's leading
manufacturer of automotive batteries, will supply Lithium-ion batteries to
power large plug-in hybrid trucks as part of a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
About 120 work trucks, to be used by publicly owned utilities and municipal
electric companies, will utilize advanced plug-in hybrid power systems by
Odyne Systems, LLC, using Johnson Controls' batteries. Odyne, in conjunction
with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the South Coast Air
Quality Management District of California, has been selected to participate in
a $45 million dollar DOE grant.
"Johnson Controls Lithium-ion battery technology is helping large fleets
reduce fuel consumption, operating costs and emissions," said David DeGraaf,
vice president and general manager, Americas Original Equipment Group, Johnson
Controls Power Solutions.
Depending on use, Odyne's hybrid power system can enable large trucks to
obtain fuel economy improvements of up to 50 percent compared to traditional
diesel or gasoline engines.
The Lithium-ion batteries for these trucks will be made at Johnson Controls'
advanced manufacturing facility in Holland, Mich. The plant made history as
the first in the United States to manufacture Lithium-ion cells and complete
hybrid battery systems for automobiles.
"Johnson Controls remains committed to building a domestic industry for
manufacturing advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles," said
DeGraaf. "This supply contract is one more step towards accelerating
commercialization of these advanced automotive power technologies."
To learn more about Johnson Controls' Lithium-ion battery technology, please
About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader
serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 168,000 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 2013, Corporate
Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #14 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 Odyne Systems, LLC
Odyne is a leader in hybrid drive systems for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.
Odyne's advanced plug-in hybrid technology enables trucks over 14,000 pounds
to have substantially lower fuel consumption, lower emissions, improved
performance, quieter job site operation and reduced operating and maintenance
costs. Odyne has produced more plug-in hybrid systems for large trucks than
any other supplier in the U.S. The company sells its unique modular hybrid
system for new and retrofit applications direct to truck manufacturers and
through a global distribution and service network. The name Odyne represents
the combination of "O" for Optimal and "dyne" for power or force. Odyne's
hybrid system for medium- and heavy-duty trucks represents the best hybrid
power solution for large trucks. For further information, visit us at
www.odyne.com http://www.odyne.com/undefined/ and follow us on Twitter @Odyne.
CONTACT: (414) 630-6723
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