Johnson Controls Plugging Into Next Generation Hybrids
General Motors Corp. has challenged two companies, Glendale-based Johnson Controls Inc. and a Michigan rival named Cobasys, to design the battery that will power the next generation of hybrid cars.
The goal of the competition: developing an economical and compact lithium-ion battery that can be recharged by using a standard electrical outlet, and store more energy than the nickel-metal hydride batteries used in Toyota's Prius hybrid car.
GM wants to use the new battery in its Saturn Vue "plug-in" hybrid sport utility vehicle, which the company calls a "priority program," although it hasn't announced a production date yet.
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