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.