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Johnson Controls-Saft, Azure Dynamics sign supply agreement

ABR Staff Writer Published 19 January 2009

The battery pack supplied by Johnson Controls-Saft complements Azure's experience in the HEV market

Johnson Controls-Saft, and Azure Dynamics, a manufacturer of hybrid electric and electric components for commercial vehicles, have signed a new supply agreement that will provide lithium-ion hybrid battery technology to power commercial vehicles in North America.

The five-year supply agreement signals progress in the development of a U.S. supply base to help build infrastructure for the development and manufacture of hybrid electric vehicles. Most current hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) technology uses nickel metal hydride batteries.

The battery pack supplied by Johnson Controls-Saft complements Azure's experience in the hybrid electric commercial vehicle market. The resultant turnkey battery solution is expected to offer a lighter, powerful design with a longer life than most current technologies, enabling Azure to deliver measurable performance and emission improvements to its customers.

The 345V battery system will utilise advanced lithium-ion cell technology optimised for life, power, and reliability.

The cell design was supported through Johnson Controls-Saft's partnership with the U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium and the Department of Energy to develop advanced energy storage technology for electrified powertrain vehicles. Azure will utilise the pack on its current Balance hybrid electric and future hybrid platforms. Johnson Controls–Saft Advanced Power Solutions manufactures batteries for hybrid vehicles which have a significantly lower weight and appreciably reduce petrol consumption.