Johnson Controls and Saft have a partnership to produce lithium ion
for automotive applications. Among other projects they are one of the two suppliers chosen for GM's Saturn Vue
program. Saft has also provided lithium ion battery packs for
such as the
. The two companies are opening a new plant in Nersac, France to manufacture lithium batteries for a variety of car-makers including
. The €15million plant has an initial capacity of 5,000 packs a year and will be able to scale up as demand increases. It is believed to be the first plant to be dedicated to automotive lithium ion batteries.
[Source: Financial Times]