Automotive supplier Johnson Controls Inc. was awarded $5.48 million by the U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium for a contract to continue developing lithium ion battery technology for plug-in hybrid vehicles. This contract, which is co-funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, is intended to aid in the completion of the work that started under former contracts.
The deal includes a 50% cost-share by Johnson Controls. This program, which is for 24 months, seeks to improve energy density in lithium ion batteries to lower cost, volume and mass. Work will be accomplished at the Battery Technology Center of Johnson Controls in Milwaukee or its lithium ion manufacturing facility located in Holland, Mich.
This consortium is a division of the U.S. Council for Automotive Research whose members include Chrysler Group, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors. In a statement, Steve Zimmer, executive director of USCAR, said last Monday that these programs are necessary to press forward with the technology required to meet both near- and long-term goals that will allow for a wide spectrum of vehicle electrification and alternative-fuel hybridization.
This contract is the third that USABC has entered with Johnson Controls, whose former research with the consortium includes bid contracts for the development of battery technologies and lithium ion battery systems for hybrid electric vehicles. Based in Milwaukee, Johnson Controls is ranked no. 7 on the Automotive News list of the top 100 global suppliers with fiscal 2010.global parts sales to automakers of $16.6 billion.