Milwaukee, Wisconsin – A new agreement between Johnson Controls-Saft and Azure Dynamics will provide advanced hybrid battery technology to power commercial vehicles in North America. The five-year supply agreement is intended to provide the world’s most advanced lithium-ion batteries.
“As more and more consumers demand energy-efficient vehicles, it is also critical that commercial fleets do their part to reduce their reliance on foreign oil while also improving the impact they have on the environment,” said Mary Ann Wright, who leads the joint venture. “This is great progress for the U.S. supply base.”
The battery pack supplied by Johnson Controls-Saft will be used in Azure’s commercial vehicle powertrains. The 345-volt battery system is designed to mount under the vehicle body and can withstand road debris, water spray and submersion. Azure will use the pack on its current Balance Hybrid Electric and future hybrid platforms. The company’s vehicles are used by major fleet customers such as AT&T, Con Edison, FedEx Express and Purolator Courier.
“All indicators point to continued growth in the hybrid electric vehicle commercial sector,” said Azure CEO Curt Huston. “Industry-wide, the requisite battery packs have been a constraint. Now, via this agreement, Azure is assured of high-quality battery packs with predictable deliveries and a cost structure that will appeal to both current and potential customers.”