Johnson Controls to debut first-generation Micro Hybrid battery at the 2013 IAA Frankfurt Auto Show

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New energy storage technology has potential to enable up to 15 percent fuel savings in vehicles

FRANKFURT – Sept. 11, 2013 – Johnson Controls, the world’s leading supplier of automotive batteries, will unveil its first-generation 48-volt Lithium-ion Micro Hybrid battery at the International Motor Show (IAA)  in Frankfurt, Germany. The new battery is part of the company’s full spectrum of advanced energy storage solutions for automobiles.

“We expect this technology to play an integral role in meeting aggressive fuel economy and emission reduction targets,” said Ray Shemanski, vice president and general manager of the Original Equipment Group for Johnson Controls Power Solutions.

Leveraging a dual voltage architecture, Johnson Controls’ Micro Hybrid battery system will involve a 12-volt starter battery and a 48-volt Lithium-ion battery that enables optimization of energy generation and consumption.

Johnson Controls’ Micro Hybrid technology has the potential to provide up to 15 percent fuel savings in vehicles and is available for testing with key automotive customers this December.

“Micro Hybrid systems will be able to support the automotive industry’s needs at a much lower cost than hybrid or electric vehicles, and therefore, offer a mass-production solution that can be leveraged across our customers’ fleets,” said Shemanski.

The 48-volt battery is designed with the capacity to quickly capture energy from braking and can support higher loads such as air-conditioning and active chassis technologies. The 12-volt battery will continue to provide power to the vehicle starter, interior and exterior lights, and entertainment systems such as radios and DVD players.

The prismatic Lithium-ion cells and complete systems for the Micro Hybrid battery prototypes will be made at Johnson Controls advanced manufacturing facility in Holland, Mich. The battery is designed with standardized components and size to help drive scale and minimize cost.

“We expect Micro Hybrid technology will be adopted in Europe first, due to more stringent fuel economy and emissions standards, and then quickly move to U.S. markets in the next few years with global adoption starting in 2020,” said Shemanski.

Johnson Controls Power Solutions’ Micro Hybrid battery prototype can be found at the IAA Sept. 12 – Sept. 22, 2013, in Hall 5.1, Booth B28. Johnson Controls will hold a press conference on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m.

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The first-generation 48-volt Lithium-ion Micro Hybrid battery has the potential to enable up to 15 percent fuel savings in vehicles.

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About Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 168,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2013, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #14 company in its annual “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list. For additional information, please visit

About Johnson Controls Power Solutions

Johnson Controls Power Solutions is the global leader in lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for Start-Stop, hybrid and electric vehicles.  Our 50 manufacturing, recycling and distribution centers supply more than one-third of the world's lead-acid batteries to major automakers and aftermarket retailers.  Through our innovations we are building the advanced battery industry for hybrid and electric vehicles.  We were the first company in the world to produce lithium-ion batteries for mass-production hybrid vehicles.  Our commitment to sustainability is evidenced by our world-class technology, manufacturing and recycling capabilities.   

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