Johnson Controls expands battery portfolio to address increased demand

Freeman Staff

Nov. 2, 2017

WAUKESHA — Johnson Controls Power Solutions will add 11 battery group sizes in order to meet a growing need.

According to a statement from the company Wednesday, Johnson Controls Power Solutions will introduce 11 new Absorbent Glass Mat battery group sizes at the 2017 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo in Las Vegas.

“Increased electrical loads from features such as navigation and entertainment systems have redefined the critical role of the battery,” said Dan Autey, vice president and general manager of North American Aftermarket, Power Solutions, Johnson Controls. “This expanded line offers more options for consumers looking for reliable and durable batteries that support features that reduce emissions and increase safety and comfort.”

Johnson Controls can now address nearly 90 percent of the cars in the U.S. that would require a replacement AGM battery, including high-electrical-load vehicles and stop-start vehicles, which are expected to grow globally by 60 percent by 2025. In anticipation of this growth, Johnson Controls will invest more than $780 million globally between 2015 and 2020 in AGM technology to increase capacity, according to the announcement.