SCiB from Toshiba for 12-Volt Vehicles for 2018 Production
Johnson Controls is to unveil new battery system for advanced start-stop vehicles at the North American International Auto Show next week. The new product, is fruit of a collaboration with Toshiba using lead acid and the Japanese company’s SCiB brand lithium titanate batteries.
“Johnson Controls is pursuing opportunities to develop evolutionary low-voltage energy storage systems that will help our customers meet increasing fuel regulations at a lower cost than a hybrid or electric vehicle,” Johnson Controls Power Solutions group VP and general manager for original equipment Lisa Bahash said in a release.
“In partnership with Toshiba, we are expanding our lithium ion product offerings to support the needs of our global customers,” Bahash said.
Toshiba, with its SCiB technology, is “the established market leader” for lithium titanate,” JCI says.
The new start-stop system has two batteries, JCI says: a 12-volt AGM/absorbent glass mat or EFB/enhanced flooded battery lead acid unit for engine starting and to supply power to accessories such as lights, navigation systems and radios, and a 12-volt lithium titanate battery to “accept and store regenerative braking energy during vehicle deceleration, enabling greater power and load management.”
8% Fuel Savings
“With an advanced start-stop system, drivers could save up to 8% every time they fill up their gas tank as the batteries enable the engine to shut off more frequently and for longer periods of time,” Bahash said. “The technology allows for greater fuel savings without major changes to the existing powertrain and electrical systems.”
It “works well in a wide range of temperatures and can be easily integrated into a vehicle’s 12-volt electrical system.”
Production of the new battery system is slated for 2018.
Johnson Controls will unveil the start-stop product on Monday at the North American International Auto Show at Detroit’s Cobo Center.
The NAIAS 2015 press preview takes place January 12-13 and the industry preview is January 14-15. The event opens to the public January 17-25.
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