Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company with extensive operations in Plymouth Township, is expanding its automotive battery offerings by introducing a Lithium Titanate battery that will help automakers meet upcoming fuel regulations.
“Johnson Controls is pursuing opportunities to develop evolutionary low-voltage energy storage systems that will help our customers meet increasing fuel regulations at a lower cost than a hybrid or an electric vehicle," says Lisa Bahash, spokeswoman for Johnson Controls. "In partnership with Toshiba, we are expanding our Lithium-ion product offerings to support the needs of our global customers."
Bahash says the Lithium Titanate chemistry is effective at quickly recharging, works well in a wide range of temperatures, and can be easily integrated into a vehicle’s 12-volt electrical system.
Called the Advanced Start-Stop system, it consists of two batteries. One, a 12-volt, which will start the engine and supply power to accessories such as lights, navigation systems, and radios; and secondly, the 12-volt Lithium Titanate battery that will primarily accept and store regenerative braking energy during vehicle deceleration, which enables greater power and load management capabilities.
“With an Advanced Start-Stop system, drivers could save up to 8 percent every time they fill up their gas tank as the batteries enable the engine to shut off more frequently, and for longer periods of time,” Bahash says. “This is also a great solution for our customers because the technology allows for greater fuel savings without major changes to the existing powertrain and electrical systems.”
The 12-volt battery systems will be produced starting in 2018.
Johnson Controls will unveil the battery system Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.