Johnson Controls and Saft Partner to Develop Hybrid Car Battery Systems

Johnson Control's involvement with lithium-ion batteries dates back to 2004 when the United States Advanced Battery Consortium granted it a contract for developing an abuse-tolerant lithium-ion battery.

Published: 26-Jan-2006

Jan. 26, 2006 -- Based on the list of new products and technology developments announced by Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls Inc. at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and a strong 2006 first-quarter performance, it's hard to believe that the U.S. auto-parts industry is struggling.

The maker of automotive interior systems, car seats and batteries posted a record $7.5 billion in sales for the first quarter of 2006, which ended Dec. 31, 2005. That's up 14% from the same period last year. The quarterly report also shows the company earned a record 86 cents per share, up from 81 cents a year earlier. Net income dropped slightly to $165.4 million from $168.4 million in 2005.


Playing catch-up a decade late, the world's auto giants now find that they have to lease or buy technology from Toyota.

Spc. Jeffrey Hamme and Staff Sgt. Michelangelo Merksamer of HHC, 1/506th Infantry, point out features of the Hybrid Electric Humvee at the AUSA Annual Meeting earlier this month. The two Soldiers participated in a Military Utility Assessment of the prototype vehicle last month at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Ford's 'Hybrid Patrol,' a 10-city initiative this fall that aims to show hybrid drivers how to drive for best fuel economy. EV World photo of Bill and Lisa Hammond on way to first Ford Patrol event in Detroit during stop-over in Omaha.


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