NEW YORK Johnson Controls
Inc. (JCI) will supply Ford Motor Co. with absorbent glass mat
(AGM) batteries for the 2013 Fusion.
AGMs are primarily used in
vehicles that use start-stop technology, which has become
popular in Europe over the past decade. JCI has produced 18
million AGM batteries for the European market since 2001 and
now produces 4.5 million annually.
Milwaukee-based JCI will invest
$6 million to grow its domestic AGM manufacturing capacity at
its facilities in St. Joseph, Mo., and Toledo, Ohio.
Ford is one the first
manufacturers in the United States to use start-stop technology
in mass-market vehicles.
The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker declined to comment on
other models that might incorporate start-stop technology in