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Johnson Controls-Saft Officially Opens Nersac Plant for Automotive Lithium-Ion Batteries

Johnson Controls-Saft Advanced Power Solutions officially opened its new lithium-ion automotive battery manufacturing facility in Nersac, France. The plant will manufacture li-ion batteries for hybrid, plug-in hybrid, fuel cell and electric vehicles.

The plant is already slated to produce battery packs for the upcoming Mercedes-Benz S Class 400 mild hybrid (earlier post), due in production in 2009.

Johnson Controls-Saft is also supplying lithium-ion batteries to SAIC for use in its demonstration fleet of new energy vehicles. The Li-ion battery systems will be produced in the US, and will be in the SAIC vehicles early this year. (Earlier post.)

Johnson Controls-Saft initially invested €15 million in the Nersac facility. It has been built to be scaleable, so that as demand increases it can increase production capacity to meet customer and market demands.

In addition to the plant in Nersac, Johnson Controls-Saft has research and development centers in Milwaukee, USA and Bordeaux, France; as well as system engineering, testing and integration centers in Milwaukee, USA; Hanover, Germany; and Shanghai, China.



Another small sign of a big shift in our transportation paradigm? Now we're starting to get a stream of stories about electrification of transport that are beyond groundbreaking scientific and engineering work and into the manufacturing world.

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