Two-year project on plug-in hybrid technology created
The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC),
with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, has
awarded Johnson Controls-Saft a contract valued at $8.2
million. The contract will focus on the development of
lithium-ion battery systems for plug-in hybrid electric
vehicles (PHEVs) and over the course of two years will
seek to validate the commercial feasibility of lithium-ion
technology for mass market PHEVs.
“We are working on the development of the complete PHEV
system, which includes high energy capacity cells, battery
management electronics, control software and an efficient
thermal management system, all optimally packaged for
safety and efficient integration into the vehicle,” said
Mary Ann Wright, who leads the Johnson Controls-Saft
joint venture and is vice president and general manager
for Johnson Controls hybrid battery business.
“Specifically, key goals for this PHEV contract are to
optimize cell and battery system design for 10-mile and
40-mile electric range vehicles.”
USABC, whose members are Chrysler LLC, Ford Motor Company
and General Motors Corporation, awarded Johnson Controls-Saft
a similar contract in 2006 focused on lithium-ion battery
systems for hybrid electric vehicles.