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Last week, Johnson Controls and Saft announced that they have agreed to dissolve their joint lithium-ion motive battery joint venture that they formed back 2006. The parties' agreement to terminate their tie up will put an end to legal proceedings between the two firms.

On Wednesday, Johnson Controls (JC) took legal action in the Delaware Chancery Court to dissolve the Johnson Controls-Saft joint venture. Formed back in 2006, JC's joint venture with Saft focuses solely on developing and manufacturing lithium-ion motive battery solutions.

A report out of South Korea today is claiming that Ford has signed an exclusive deal with LG Chem to supply lithium ion cells for its future plug-in vehicles. Until now, Ford has worked primarily with Johnson Controls-Saft for its cell supply and the Escape plug-in hybrid test fleet uses batteries from that supplier. In 2009, Ford announced that JCS would be the supplier of batteries for the Transit Connect BEV and the upcoming 2012 plug-in hybrid. Besides General Motors, LG Chem is also supplyi

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BMW's upcoming 7 Series ActiveHybrid (where do they come up with these names, anyway?) will use a 120 volt lithium ion battery pack that will be supplied by Johnson Controls-Saft. That battery will be assembled at the Johnson Controls-Saft production facility in Nersac, France. BMW will place the lithium ion battery in the trunk, while a BMW standard-fare 12 volt Absorbent Glass Mat battery will reside under its hood. This is the same heavy duty battery already used in BMWs with brake energy reg

Johnson Controls-Saft has been awarded a contract worth some $8.2 million for the development of lithium ion batteries and the associated system that goes into making them an automotive-ready pack. The goal is to find out how feasible the planned push for PHEVs really is. According to Mary Ann Wright, head of the Johnson Controls-Saft joint venture and vice president at GM for Johnson Controls' hybrid battery business, "Specifically, key goals for this PHEV contract are to optimize cell and batt

Chrysler has been testing a variety of different configurations of hybrid Dodge Sprinter vans with various fleet operators for some time now. These have been equipped with either gas or diesel engines and nickel metal hydride or lithium ion batteries. The company is now getting ready to build a new fleet of up to twenty-two Sprinters this fall equipped with the latest generation of lithium ion battery packs from Johnson Controls/Saft. JCS is one of the two companies that has development contract

The chief engineer who helped bring the Ford Escape Hybrid to production for Ford has now joined the Johnson Controls-Saft Advanced Power Solutions joint venture as CEO. Mary Ann Wright will guide the new company as they pursue business for their lithium battery technology in the rapidly growing hybrid and electric vehicle markets. The JCS venture has already been awarded a development contract from General Motors for the plug-in hybrid version of the Saturn Vue and Saft batteries are being test