Johnson Controls is expanding the production of advanced batteries for start-stop vehicles amid growing demand for better fuel economy.
"Consumers want to drive vehicles further using less gas," says Petar Oklobdzija, Johnson Controls' vice president and general manager of original equipment for the Americas. "They want to buy vehicles with technology that is available today and is affordable. The solution is start-stop technology."
Tightening government fuel economy and carbon emission reduction targets put additional challenges on car makers from all around the world to replace conventional technologies with more efficient, advanced technologies.
"Most auto makers have already announced plans to have a majority of new vehicles equipped with start-stop or similar technology within the next three to five years," adds Oklobdzija. "Our battery supply contracts for the Ford F-150 and Chevy Malibu underscore this trend, which predicts about 9 million start-stop vehicles will be on the road in the U.S. by 2020."
Start-stop enables up to 5 percent fuel economy savings over a conventional vehicle. The technology automatically shuts off the engine when the car is idle and restarts it when the driver's foot leaves the brake pedal. During this time, the vehicle's electrical systems — from entertainment to lights — use energy from an advanced lead-acid battery rather than the gas-powered engine, thus saving fuel.
The global start-stop market for new vehicles could reach 53 million annually by 2020. The technology gained its popularity in Europe followed by the U.S. and China. In addition to start-stop, Johnson Controls provides a full range of lead acid and Lithium-ion batteries to power nearly every type of vehicle including conventional, micro hybrid, hybrid and electric.
Johnson Controls is expanding the production of advanced batteries for start-stop vehicles amid growing demand for better fuel economy and more sustainable technologies. The company will increase its existing Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) battery capacity in its Toledo, Ohio plant, bringing the overall invested amount to $130 million since the start of production for this technology in the U.S. in 2012.