2011 Detroit Auto Show: Johnson Controls ie:3 Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 10, 2011

Johnson Controls unveiled the ie:3 Concept vehicle at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, a fully electric vehicle based on the popular small car segment designed for automakers that seek interior and battery solutions.

The new ie:3 Concept debuts Johnson Controls-Saft's next-generation, low-profile lithium-ion battery pack – a unique, self-contained system that is integrated easily into the vehicle in a small space under the floor.

According to the manufacturer, the new prismatic format cell achieves greater packaging efficiency and uses less space in the car, which means more space for the passengers.

Furthermore, the new car features "stadium seating" which when deployed in the front row, offers enough space to stow a suitcase, while the rear seats easily fold flat to the floor in order to create even more storage options. Moreover, the center console is spacious enough to accommodate a large handbag.

Johnson Controls says that the new lithium-ion battery pack delivers a total range of 100-mile range per charge, more than enough we’d say for those who use their car in cities.

Some of the interior highlights are: innovative, lightweight alternative sound system, featuring a headliner with integrated audio that enables increased storage opportunities in vehicle doors; the unique LED lighting; and the driver information system featuring a 6.5-inch "transflective" cluster display.

Johnson Controls Power Solutions president Alex Molinaroli said that consumers today want the space offered in many of today’s vehicles but they also want the peace of mind in knowing that the electric vehicle can take them where they want to be.

With this next generation technology, Mr. Molinaroli continued, it is possible to have both. The way the battery has been packaged gave the designers and engineers a flat floor which not only improves the spaciousness but also gives additional options to improve the vehicle’s overall flexibility.

The ie:3 for instance has a feature known as "stadium seating." What happens is that when this is deployed on the front row, it offers enough space to store even a suitcase. Since the rear seats can be folded flat on the floor easily, it results in more storage choices.

Even the center console has enough space to hold a large handbag. President for Johnson Controls Automotive Experience Beda Bolzenius shared that with the ie:3, the company wanted to have a vehicle with an interior and battery solutions that are offered by smaller and fuel efficient vehicles but without compromising any of the comfort, space, and functionality.

The different functions and features inside the ie:3 can easily be adapted to the different worldwide markets and will be available starting with the model-year 2015.

Press Release

The Johnson Controls ie:3 Concept Car Demonstrates the Future of Automotive Interior and Battery Solutions

Automakers seek interior and battery solutions that improve flexibility, spaciousness and sustainability in their vehicles while offering a compelling user experience for consumers. At the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Johnson Controls unveiled the ie:3 demonstrator vehicle, a fully electric vehicle based on the popular small car segment that addresses these needs.

The ie:3 features the debut of Johnson Controls-Saft's next-generation, low-profile lithium-ion battery pack. It is a unique, self-contained system that is integrated easily into the vehicle in a small space under the floor. The new prismatic format cell achieves greater packaging efficiency and uses less space in the vehicle.

"Consumers want all the space they enjoy in today's vehicles, but with the peace of mind that their all electric vehicle can get them the distance they need to go," said Alex Molinaroli, president for Johnson Controls Power Solutions. "This next generation technology allows for both."

The improved spaciousness enabled by the packaging of the battery offers designers and engineers a flat floor that provides additional options to enhance overall flexibility in the vehicle. For example, the ie:3 features "stadium seating" which when deployed in the front row, offers enough space to stow a suitcase. The rear seats easily fold flat to the floor, creating even more storage options. A center console is spacious enough to accommodate a large handbag.

"With the ie:3, we wanted to provide interior and battery solutions for smaller, fuel efficient vehicles without compromising functionality, comfort or spaciousness," said Beda Bolzenius, president for Johnson Controls Automotive Experience. "The features and functions in the ie:3 are adaptable to markets around the world and are available for model-year 2015 and beyond."

Some of the innovations developed by Johnson Controls – and featured in the ie:3 – include:

Battery Technology:

Energy supplied by new, lithium-ion prismatic cells packaged neatly in a small space under the flat floor as a complete system, enabling a target 100-mile range per charge.

Seating:

Improved spaciousness and flexibility enabled by fold flat and "stadium seating" features; and
Seat pads made from natural fibers that are easier to recycle.

Interiors:

An innovative, lightweight alternative sound system, featuring a headliner with integrated audio that enables increased storage opportunities in vehicle doors; and
Unique LED lighting that enhances the overall interior ambiance.

Electronics:

A comprehensive driver information system featuring a 6.5-inch "transflective" cluster display, which improves visibility even with the glare of sunlight, and a transparent, integrated heads up display.

About Johnson Controls:

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in over 150 countries. Our 137,000 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. For additional information, please visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com.

About Johnson Controls Automotive Experience:

Johnson Controls is a global leader in automotive seating, overhead systems, door and instrument panels, and interior electronics. We support all major automakers in the differentiation of their vehicles through our products, technologies and advanced manufacturing capabilities. With more than 200 plants worldwide, we are where our customers need us to be. Consumers have enjoyed the comfort and style of our products, from single components to complete interiors. With our global capability we supply more than 30 million cars per year.

About Johnson Controls Power Solutions:

Johnson Controls Power Solutions is the global leader in lead-acid starter batteries, advanced lead-acid batteries for Start-Stop vehicles and Lithium-ion batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles. Our 35 manufacturing facilities supply more than one third of the world's lead-acid batteries to major auto makers and aftermarket retailers. Through our innovations we are building the advanced battery industry for hybrid and electric vehicles. Our joint venture, Johnson Controls-Saft, is 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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