The 48-volt Micro Hybrid battery developed by Johnson
Controls earned the “Sustainable Product of the Year” award
Wednesday from the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council.
MILWAUKEE – A battery pack
produced by Glendale-based Johnson Controls earned the
“Sustainable Product of the Year” award Wednesday from the
Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council.
The 48-volt Micro Hybrid battery was developed in Glendale by
engineers at Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company
with established core businesses in the automotive, building and
energy storage industries.
The Micro Hybrid is a lithium-ion based system that works in
tandem with the conventional starter battery to cut a vehicle’s
fuel consumption by as much as 15 percent, according to the
The Micro Hybrid will also only increase a vehicle’s cost by
hundreds of dollars, according to the announcement, versus
thousands of dollars for a traditional hybrid system.
“We are excited to bring to market an energy storage solution
that helps automakers meet increasing fuel economy and emissions
restrictions, helps consumers save money at the pump, and
supports sustainability by reducing each driver’s carbon
footprint,” MaryAnn Wright, global vice president, Engineering
and Product Development at Johnson Controls Power Solutions,
said in a statement.
The Micro Hybrid was selected from 31 entries.
“We were thoroughly impressed by the magnitude and depth of
sustainable work being done by companies in Wisconsin,” said Tom
Eggert, executive director of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business
Council, in a statement. “The Micro Hybrid from Johnson Controls
exemplifies innovative, sustainable, economically viable product
development taking place in this state.”