Johnson Controls to supply lithium ion batteries to power hybrid trucks

Johnson Controls, a manufacturer of automotive batteries, will supply Lithium-ion batteries to power large plug-in hybrid trucks as part of a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) vehicle electrification initiative.

About 120 work trucks, to be used by publicly owned utilities and municipal electric companies, will use advanced plug-in hybrid power systems by Odyne Systems LLC, using Johnson Controls’ batteries.

Odyne, in conjunction with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the South Coast Air Quality Management District of California, has been selected to participate in a $45 million dollar DOE grant.

Depending on use, Odyne’s hybrid power system can enable large trucks to obtain fuel economy improvements of up to 50 percent compared to traditional diesel or gasoline engines.

The Lithium-ion batteries for these trucks will be made at Johnson Controls’ advanced manufacturing facility in Holland, Mich.

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