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Johnson Controls-Saft to supply Li-ion systems to the Beijing Electric Vehicle Company for two EV models

Johnson Controls-Saft will supply the complete battery system for two electric vehicles which will be launched by the Beijing Electric Vehicle Company (BJEV), a subsidiary of Beijing Automotive Industry Company (BAIC). BJEV and BAIC have plans to manufacture 150,000 hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by 2015.

The Johnson Controls-Saft electric battery system will power the C30 and M30 electric vehicles, which are initially launching in an evaluation fleet of 2,000 units beginning later this year. The C30 is a A0 segment subcompact hatchback while the M30 is a small cross-over vehicle based on the same platform. Both vehicles have been adapted with an electric powertrain by BEVC.

The electric vehicle market in China represents a tremendous growth opportunity for the automotive industry. While this electric battery system is the first China-specific product designed and developed by our advanced battery team in China, it leverages our proven technology currently in production in Europe and the United States, and indicates the potential of a quickly growing China market.

—Ray Shemanski, VP and general manager, Advanced Battery Systems for Johnson Controls Power Solutions

The C30 and M30 can travel more than 100 kilometers (62 miles) on a single charge. Johnson Controls-Saft is supplying the complete battery system, which consists of 106 prismatic lithium-ion cells, the battery management system and integrated battery package to accommodate the existing vehicle platform.

Comments

HarveyD

All those batteries will be mass produced by Johnson Controls China like the majority of other batteries.

By 2020 it is expected that over 60% of the world's electrified vehicles will be in China. Chinese e-components will be exported worldwide.

EB

Hope you can post an article that will not compel the resident know all, Harvey D to share his brilliant thoughts with us.

kelly

Most comments enhance this open site and the comments, while freely given, often take a lot of the commenter's research and time.

Reel$$

Harvey is well meaning if not wildly biased. Others bias against that and we end up with a reasonable dialog.

Given the severe trouble Chinese car makers are having (BYD is heading straight for bankruptcy) and the wikileaks about thievery and corrupt business practices - any JV with China is likely to go bad for the venturer.

Johnson Controls should consider the safety of contracting labor only from China and not exposing their stockholders to a venture rife with fraud and corruption.

SJC

NOVA had a story on Chinese solar PV cells and panels. They said their growth had more to do with a willingness to actually DO it than low cost labor.

Manufacturing is seen by business and finance as a sucker's bet in the U.S. The new companies will just be wiped off the map by the Chinese with low cost labor.

As long as that is the prevailing thought, we will never get anywhere. Tax break money would rather chase T bills in hedge funds and bid up commodities than invest in anything truly productive.

Reel$$

SJC - you are right IMO! There is a defeatist prevailing thought about manufacturing that needs to change. The change comes about by emphasizing the quality of workmanship and production methods in North American manufacturing.

The only way to compete against low cost wages is to demonstrate how original concepts and high quality affect the bottom line. Less rework. Less scrap. Less cost of transportation. Less frustration. Domestic manufacturing designed on a build-to-order basis removes the largest hidden costs from China.

The new breed of PHEVs and EVs made in North America must show the world that no one builds higher quality cars with better craftsmanship. Likewise for heavy industry products. We strongly recommend a GE or Honda start manufacturing CHP systems for homes and light industry.

The movement of residences off grid represents a brand new multi-billion dollar opportunity for the first company with VISION!

SJC

You can have 100 low cost workers in China or 10 higher paid workers in the U.S. with automation. Automation will produce a more consistent product at lower cost. Some would say you could take the automation to China and employ 10 low wage workers, but with automation the cost of labor becomes a smaller fraction of the overall costs. Not many would take an automated factory half the way around the world to save a few dollars per hour with only 10 workers.

HarveyD

Reel$$ Corruption is a worldwide problem. Look at what recently happened with our Wall Street, Banking, Insurance, Real Estate fiasco in 2007. $$T were embezzled by fast financial operators (modern days corruption) and many million ordinary Americans (and people in many countries) will be paying for it during 10 to 20 years.

China does not have the monopoly on corruption. Our bankers have been doing it for decades.

SJC

Ambition turns to greed in the blink of an eye without laws and enforcement. Look at the former Soviet Union after the collapse, the decadent nature of capitalism flourished with a vengeance and it turned into a Mafia cleptocracy.

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