JCS Expands Battery Production

New plant will supply batteries to Mercedes Benz plug-in hybrid.

Published: 25-Jan-2008

Johnson Controls Inc. and its French joint venture partner soon will open their first factory to build lithium-ion batteries for a plug-in version of a Mercedes-Benz sedan.

And Wisconsin's largest company is expected to provide an update on its work to develop next-generation hybrid electric batteries today.

The maker of car batteries, seats and interiors has unveiled a concept car, on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, that is a plug-in vehicle incorporating a lithium-ion battery.


Biggest drawback is cost at $2,500USD per kilowatt, about 10% above cost of coal fired plant.

38 kg (88 lbs) micro streamliner reaches 122km/h (75mph) on 192 AA batteries.

The phosphate-based Epoch batteries are equipped with an advanced management system that will monitor and adjust cell performance.


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