$245 Million Investment By Johnson Controls for AGM Battery Manufacturing
Vehicles have become increasingly electronic and some now have up to 50 computers and 150 electrified devices working together - including navigation systems, power doors and windows, heated seats and other safety features.
Standard old lead-acid batteries can’t keep up with such power demands. The next step up in battery technology are Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) batteries. AGM batteries hold a greater charge, are maintenance free and spill-proof and much less expensive than lithium-ion batteries used in many electric cars, such as the Tesla.
Johnson Controls, the world’s largest manufacturer of AGM batteries, announced recently that it is investing $245 million between 2016 and 2020 to double AGM production capacity in North America.
“Due to increasing power needs for vehicle accessories and safety functions, along with changing environmental standards, automotive batteries play an increasingly important role in today’s vehicles,” said Joe Walicki, president, Johnson Controls Power Solutions.
In addition to growing consumer demand for replacement batteries, automakers depend on AGM technol- ogy to help improve fuel efficiency up to 5 percent in vehicles with start-stop systems. The number of cars built in North America with start-stop systems will approach 50 percent in 2020 due to increasingly stringent environmental regulations.
“Between 2015 and 2020, Johnson Controls will invest, in total, more than $780 million globally to increase our AGM manufacturing capacity,” said Walicki. “