2014 Chevy Malibu using Johnson Controls AGM battery in Start Stop system
7 August 2013
Johnson Controls is providing its advanced Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) battery technology to power Chevrolet’s 2014 Malibu featuring Start Stop technology. (Earlier post.) The technology will increase the 2014 Malibu’s fuel economy by an estimated 5%.
We offer Start Stop technology in some of our European products, but the new Malibu’s Start Stop system is the first standard in an automatic car for GM overall.—Chevrolet spokesman Chad Lyons
In a Start Stop system, the car’s engine will shut off when the driver comes to a stop or idles. Johnson Controls’ AGM battery will power devices during the stop mode and quickly restart the engine when the driver’s foot releases the brake pedal.
AGM batteries are a common energy storage solution for Start Stop vehicles in Europe, where Johnson Controls has sold more than 21 million AGM batteries since 2001 and now produces more than 4.5 million annually.
The company estimates that more than 80% of the new cars built in Europe are expected to include Start Stop technology by 2018. Start Stop vehicles are estimated to grow to 40% globally and 35% in the US.
The batteries that will power the Malibu will be manufactured in St. Joseph, Mo., and Toledo, Ohio.
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