Johnson Controls is no 5 on the list of top 100 global suppliers (according to Automotive News) in world wide auto parts sales. And vicie president and general manager of power solutions at Johnson Controls Gregg Sherrill predicts hybrid engines could be put into 5 to 8 percent of all new cars.
Source: Reuters report can be seen at Automotive News
"Clearly we see hybrids playing a significant role," said Gregg Sherrill, group vice president and general manager of power solutions at Johnson Controls, which makes batteries used in hybrid cars. "There will probably be multiple technologies, I don't see hybrids taking over 100 percent of vehicle builds," he said Monday, Sept. 11.
Johnson Controls is not a impartial bystander in the world of hybrids, however. They've recently been awarded contracts to supply lithium-ion batteries for hybrid engines with a 'major' vehicle manufacturer. Two weeks ago, they announced a 24 month contract to develop advanced lithium-ion batteries for hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs) by the United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC). In the project, 50% financed by USABC, engineers and scientists at JCS will enhance lithium-ion battery technology for near-future HEVs. They will focus on accelerating Li-Ion technology development by improving battery power in low temperatures, and creating solutions that reduce battery system costs.
JCS and the United States Department of Energy are funding the project, and USABC is providing program support. JCS will supply cell modules that can be tested for abuse tolerance, pulse power, calendar life, and cycle life. A major goal is to meet the FreedomCAR USABC battery-performance requirements. FreedomCAR is an industry government research initiative that targets the development of technologies for boosting fuel economy and reducing emissions of U.S. passenger vehicles.
n 2004, the USABC granted Johnson Controls an 18-month contract supporting the development of advanced, lithium-ion battery technology. That same year Saft was awarded a contract with the USABC of a similar nature. This new contract awarded to the joint venture is a culmination of the development work by both companies to drive the technology to commercial viability.
The Johnson Controls-Saft joint venture was officially launched in January 2006.