European premiere: Johnson Controls presents 48-volt lithium-ion battery demonstration module

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New energy storage technology has the potential to enable fuel savings in vehicles 15 to 20 percent

Hannover, 10 April 2013 – Johnson Controls is premiering its new 48-volt Micro Hybrid battery demonstration module in Europe at the Hannover Messe. The 48-volt hybrid battery would be used in vehicles in conjunction with a 12-volt starter battery. This enables greater energy and power efficiency while keeping overall system costs to a minimum. The 48-volt Micro Hybrid battery represents yet another key stage in the development of energy saving vehicles: It enables greater fuel savings than Start-Stop systems and is much more cost-effective than hybrid or electric vehicle systems.

"This Micro Hybrid technology has huge potential," said Holger Jetses, head of Johnson Controls Power Solutions EMEA. "By using the 48-volt battery vehicles can save between 15 and 20 percent in fuel."

The maximum power of the 48-volt battery would be enough to operate applications such as electric air-conditioning systems, active chassis control, storage and recuperation of brake energy and, if necessary, supply power to the drive system. The 12-volt battery furthermore would continue to power other components such as lighting and control units.

A survey conducted by Johnson Controls shows that consumers in Europe are receptive to new automotive technologies. According to the survey, the majority of buyers in Germany, France, Italy, Great Britain and Russia are willing to pay more for their vehicle if it means reducing fuel consumption by 5 percent.

Micro Hybrid technology is a cost-effective step towards electro-mobility: It is based on existing technologies that enable significant fuel savings without consumers having to forgo comfort and driving dynamics.

Johnson Controls Power Solutions can be found at the Hannover tradeshow in hall 25, booth H 25, at the joint stand of the metropolitan region of Hanover Brunswick Göttingen Wolfsburg. 


For more information, please contact:

Johnson Controls Power Solutions EMEA
Christian Riedel
Am Leineufer 51
30419 Hannover
Tel.: +49 511 975-1094
Fax: +49 511 975-2168


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. Its 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 its innovations the company is building the advanced battery industry for hybrid and electric vehicles. Johnson Controls was the first company in the world to produce lithium-ion batteries for mass-production hybrid vehicles. The company's commitment to sustainability is evidenced by our world-class technology, manufacturing and recycling capabilities.


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