JCI pushing lithium-ion as choice for hybrids

Oct 04, 2005 | 06:55 AM | Philip Burgert

Automotive supplier Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI), Milwaukee, has launched an advanced lithium-ion laboratory to develop power-storage products for near-future hybrid-electric vehicles.

The company believes lithium-ion technology is likely to replace nickel metal-hydride, which JCI has supplied for hybrid-vehicle applications for several years, as the battery technology of choice in hybrid-electric and electric vehicles in the future.

A source at one manufacturer of hybrid passenger automobiles estimated that nickel metal-hydride battery technology currently adds about 15 pounds of nickel to vehicles utilizing that technology.....

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