Lithium-Ion To Run Hybrid Trucks

Johnson Controls Part Of DOE Initiative

About 120 work trucks, to be used by publicly owned utilities and municipalJohnson Controls electric companies, will utilize advanced plug-in hybrid power systems by Odyne Systems, LLC, using Johnson Controls’ batteries, thanks to a $45 million dollar DOE grant.

Depending on use, Odyne’s hybrid power system can enable large trucks to obtain fuel economy improvements of up to 50 percent compared to traditional diesel or gasoline engines.

The Lithium-ion batteries for these trucks will be made at Johnson Controls’ advanced manufacturing facility in Holland, Mich. The plant made history as the first in the United States to manufacture Lithium-ion cells and complete hybrid battery systems for automobiles.

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