Azure Dynamics Picks JSC as Lithium-ion Battery Supplier

The complete battery systems, including electronics, electrical and mechanical components, will be assembled at Johnson Controls-Saft's facility in Glendale.

Published: 17-Jan-2009

The joint venture between Johnson Controls Inc. and French battery manufacturer Saft has reached a new five-year supply agreement to provide lithium-ion hybrid battery technology for use in commercial vehicles in North America.

The technology developed by the Johnson Controls-Saft venture will be supplied to Azure Dynamics Corp., an Oak Park, Mich., provider of hybrid electric components and powertrain systems for the commercial delivery vehicle and shuttle bus markets.

A dollar value of the supply agreement was not disclosed.


The battery system was developed by CSIRO in Australia, built by the Furukawa Battery Company of Japan and tested in the United Kingdom through the American-based Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium.

The new batteries will make the GM Hybrid System nearly three times more powerful than the system it replaces. Pictured is 2009 Saturn Vue Green Line with Two-mode hybrid drive.

Dramatic developments in stored-power technology make electric cars more viable than ever. Pictures is Th!nk Global's new Ox crossover vehicle.


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