Johnson Controls exec: "Micro-hybrid" powertrains are wave of future

05/15/2013 | (Michigan) (free registration)

A "micro-hybrid" powertrain will replace the hybrid or electric powertrains used in cars today, according to MaryAnn Wright, vice president of technology and innovation for Johnson Controls Power Solutions. The company will manufacture the lithium ion batteries necessary for such a powertrain in its plant in Michigan. The first micro-hybrid cars should appear in Europe because of higher fuel costs and stricter emissions standards there, Wright said.

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