A sort of double announcement has come out of the Johnson Controls battery empire in recent month, both to do with new but different technologies.
Johnson Controls and Varta start-stop batteries
Johnson controls are of course the owners of Varta batteries and they consider the make as one of their superior battery products. The giant battery makers also make many other battery products with well-known makes, but they consider that the Varta trade name is only to be used for its most upmarket products and this is why Varta was chosen to represent Johnsons for their new range of start-stop battery products.
Varta’s existing ‘Dynamic trio’ offering (Black, Blue and Silver), has been complemented by batteries containing AGM and EFB technologies:
The new battery cones in two types of technology, the first one is the Silver Dynamic, which is an AGM battery(absorbed Glass matting). The new battery is said to give as much as three times the power as its conventional counterpart and is manufactured in Germany to very high standards. This battery is now used on vehicles with start-stop and regenerative brake systems fitted.
The other new type of battery is known as the battery which will come into the “Varta Blue” range of batteries. This battery is of the lead acid technology, but with a modified battery interior and structure and is said to be twice the strength of its normal lead acid counterpart. This battery is known as the EFB, “Enhanced Flooded Battery” and as I have said the internal structure of the standard lead acid battery has been improved on. This battery is used on the standard start-stop vehicles such as the Fiat 500 models.
Both these batteries cannot be interchanged but the EFB can be upgraded by the AGM battery. Also a special electrical device will be needed to change the AGM batteries because the battery is linked into the cars computer system and the computer will require resetting when a new battery is fitted. A system of specialist centres has been set up around the UK, which is available on the internet.
Johnson Controls also venture into the Lithium-Ion market
Johnson Controls began production of lithium-ion batteries in France in 2008 with its
then-joint venture partner, the French battery maker Saft. This was later moved to a brand new research centre and manufacturing facility in Glendale Michigan aided by a near $300 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The Michigan factory is now producing the batteries that will go onto the new Range Rover Sport that should go on sale in 2015. Lisa Bahash, vice president and general manager of the original equipment group for Johnson Controls Power Solutions said, “As the first company in the world to produce lithium-ion batteries for mass production hybrid vehicles, we are excited to work with Jaguar Land Rover” The Hybrid Range Rover vehicles, capable of achieving 42-45 mpg, are being made by Jaguar Land Rover in Solihull, Birmingham England’s second largest city after London. .
As I have stated earlier in this article, other technologies, including start-stop battery systems that enable a vehicle’s engine to shut off when the car is idling. This brings Johnson Controls to the forefront of almost every new battery technology in the automotive trade.
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