Johnson Controls wins “Sustainable Product of the Year” award
Micro Hybrid battery may reduce fuel consumption by 15 percent per vehicle
MILWAUKEE, April 9, 2014- A battery pack that could revolutionize vehicle energy storage will be honored Wednesday as the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council’s “Sustainable Product of the Year.”
The 48-volt Micro Hybrid battery was developed in Glendale, Wis. by engineers at Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company with established core businesses in the automotive, building and energy storage industries.
The Micro Hybrid is a Lithium-ion based system that works in tandem with the conventional starter battery to cut a vehicle’s fuel consumption by as much as 15 percent.
The result will be lower fuel costs for drivers and millions of gallons of reduced fuel emissions.
Unlike traditional hybrid vehicle systems, which add thousands of dollars of cost to a vehicle, the Micro Hybrid will add just hundreds of dollars.
“We are excited to bring to market an energy storage solution that helps automakers meet increasing fuel economy and emissions restrictions, helps consumers save money at the pump, and supports sustainability by reducing each driver’s carbon footprint,” said MaryAnn Wright, global vice president, Engineering and Product Development at Johnson Controls Power Solutions.
In selecting an honoree, the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council sought to recognize an innovative product developed in Wisconsin that demonstrated economic and environmental performance working hand-in-hand.
“We were thoroughly impressed by the magnitude and depth of sustainable work being done by companies in Wisconsin,” said Tom Eggert, executive director of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. “The Micro Hybrid from Johnson Controls exemplifies innovative, sustainable, economically viable product development taking place in this state.”
The Micro Hybrid was selected from 31 entries.
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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 170,000 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 http://www.johnsoncontrols.com.
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.