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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Johnson Controls gets Ford hybrid deal

From an article by Tom Content in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Glendale-based Johnson Controls Inc. plans to make batteries for a Ford Motor Co. plug-in hybrid electric vehicle that is to be introduced in 2012.

Ford has selected the hybrid battery joint venture between Johnson Controls, the world's largest battery supplier, and French battery developer Saft to supply lithium-ion batteries for plug-in hybrids.

"This is a great day for the automotive industry in America," Alex Molinaroli, president of Johnson Controls Power Solutions, said in a statement prepared for release at the Washington Auto Show, where the Ford partnership is to be announced today.

"Today, nearly all batteries for hybrid electric vehicles are manufactured offshore. As the United States works to build a manufacturing infrastructure and supply base for hybrid and electric vehicles, this contract signals significant progress for our industry here. . . ."

Cell design, engineering and testing will take place at the joint venture's research hub, the 58,000-square-foot Battery Technology Center in Glendale, the company said.

1 comment:

  1. People seem to be scrambling at all of the buzz going on at the big auto manufacturers, but yet oblivious to what they can do on their own right now.

    Big business points to advancements in green technology three or four years down the road, but most private citizens fail to realize that with some mechanical ingenuity, they can convert their own gas guzzler into a 50% hydrogen supplemental fuel burner.
    And they don't have to install dangerous hydrogen fuel tanks, because an on board hydrogen generator produces the fuel as needed.

    H2o contains 2 parts hydrogen and 1 part oxygen. An Electrolyzer in a quart of water, connected to a 12 volt battery, will break up the atoms and separate the hydrogen from the oxygen and can be fed into the intake manifold where it mixes with the gasoline.

    Hydrogen has more octane than gasoline -- it's about a 120 octane -- and can actually improve engine performance as well as MPG. One great resource and pioneer of knowledge on this topic is at

    Michael Faraday discovered the basis of this process in 1834. Here is where Wikipedia explains the science of it all: