North American battery supplier Johnson Controls has opened a laboratory in its bid to develop lithium-ion battery systems for vehicles.
The Wisconsin company’s Johnson Controls Vehicle Engineering Systems Laboratory includes a dynamometer to investigate management of battery energy and power transfer.
Along with its partner, Michigan-based Lawrence Technological University (LTU), the tests will examine how batteries cope in controlled driving environments.
Among the technologies tested will be Johnson Controls 12V lithium-ion battery, which is used in its prototype Advanced Start-Stop vehicle.
The company’s 48V Micro Hybrid System is also a part of the research and development programme with the university.
The partnership – started in 2014 – aims to develop engineers through involvement in research projects alongside LTU faculty and technical experts from Johnson Controls.