Johnson Controls battery pack wins ‘Sustainable Product of the Year’

Special to The Freeman

April 9, 2014

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.
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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 announcement.

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.”

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