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‘Electrify Your Fleet’ Webinar Wrap

March 24, 2015 in ACT Expo 2015, Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, webinar by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

PG&E Sees Hybrid Promise, Odyne Offers Hybrid Vehicles

Utilities like Pacific Gas & Electric see the promise of both fuel savings and improved service capabilities from such electrified vehicles as plug in hybrids, and companies like Odyne stand ready to supply them.

JCI-Toshiba for New Start-Stop Battery

January 8, 2015 in batteries, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

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.

The JCI-Toshiba battery system for start-stop vehicles employs both lead acid and lithium titanate chemistries.

The JCI-Toshiba battery system for start-stop vehicles employs both lead acid and lithium titanate chemistries.

“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’s SCiB

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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Source: Johnson Controls with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Odyne for DoE-EPRI Plug-In Trucks

June 18, 2013 in Electric Drive by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

More than 120 Trucks as Part of a $45.4 Million Initiative

Wisconsin’s Odyne Systems is participating in a $45.4 million U.S. DoE ARRA-backed initiative with the Electric Power Research Institute and Southern California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District. updated June 19

A123 Auto Assets to Johnson Controls

October 17, 2012 in batteries, Companies, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Nanophosphate Lithium Developer Files for Voluntary Chapter 11

A123 Systems, the Massachusetts developer and manufacturer of Nanophosphate brand lithium iron phosphate batteries, said Tuesday that it is selling its automotive assets and technology to Johnson Controls, Inc. via a $125 million transaction that includes $72.5 million in debtor-in-possession financing by JCI for A123 to continue operations.

XL Hybrids Is Using JCI Battery Packs

August 20, 2012 in batteries, Electric Drive, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

High-Power, Spiral Wound Lithium Nickel Cobalt Al for Vans

In line with a strategy of using top-drawer components for its modest hybrid vans, Massachusetts’ XL Hybrids is announcing this morning that it will use new battery packs from Johnson Controls, Inc. when it enters production in early 2013.

Saft Poised to Tackle EVs, Again

January 2, 2012 in Uncategorized by rich  |  No Comments

Saft is providing lithium ion batteries for two plug-in hybrid electric ferries by Keolis for Bordeaux. Keolis photo from a Saft release.

Saft is providing lithium ion batteries for two plug-in hybrid electric ferries by Keolis for Bordeaux. Keolis photo from a Saft release.

The French battery maker Saft, which employs more than 4,000 people worldwide, has just opened its 16th manufacturing plant (in Jacksonville, Fla.), and stands poised to re-enter the road electric vehicle market with unprecedented depth of experience and new product offerings.

“We are studying if and how we can return,” says Franck Cecchi, who directs automotive strategy for the $800 million company. “We are very confident that we can deliver a good and safe product,” he told F&F.

Cecchi was COO at the Johnson Controls-Saft joint venture, and helped fashion this past summer’s “divorce” (his word), from which Saft emerged with a $145 million cash payment and the commitment that a plant at Nersac, in southwest France, be transferred back to Saft at the end of 2012.

The Nersac plant could be used for electric and hybrid electric vehicle batteries. Output from the new plant in Florida, which could be worth $300 million per year, is initially aimed at stationary markets.

Multiple Battery Types

Saft is fully commercial in NCA (nickel cobalt aluminum) lithium batteries and is readying a “Super Phosphate” lithium iron phosphate variant as well, Cecchi says. Saft, which was founded in 1918 as the Société des Accumulateurs Fixes et de Traction, claims the world lead in nickel-based batteries for industrial and transportation applications, and has described the move to lithium as “a natural progression.”

E-Vivacity electric scooter by Peugeot has lithium ion batteries from Saft

E-Vivacity electric scooter by Peugeot has lithium ion batteries from Saft

Recent announcements by Saft have involved batteries for a laser weapon, for stationary energy storage, for satellites, aircraft, trains, and two new plug-in hybrid electric ferries planned by Keolis in Bordeaux, in southwest France. Saft will supply 140-kilowatt battery packs that will allow the diesel-electric vessels for the Garonne River crossing six hours of fully electric operation.

Saft also supplies lithium batteries for the E-Vivacity electric scooter by Peugeot, Cecchi says.

Saft says that its new 235,000-square-foot facility in Jacksonville is “the world’s most advanced automated lithium ion battery factory,” with “fully automated, totally flexible production lines capable of building multi new-generation Li-ion technologies.” The building is topped by a one-megawatt solar power installation, said to be the largest photovoltaic system in Florida. Florida provided incentives for the plant, and there was a $95.5 million grant from the U.S. DoE under ARRA, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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