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Johnson Controls to Invest $138.5 Million in Toledo Battery Plant

Plant will supply growth of vehicle start-stop systems.

by on Jun.28, 2011

Porsche's Panamera is one of the first vehicles offered in the U.S. with start-stop technology.

Another day, another company announcing expanded production of components for super-efficient vehicles featuring advanced battery technology.

Johnson Controls will invest $138.5 million to convert its battery plant near Toledo, Ohio, into a battery facility for start-stop systems and other high-efficiency vehicles. Subject to final state and local incentives, the facility will be the company’s first such plant in the United States.

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“Start-Stop vehicle technology is emerging globally as one of the most affordable options for consumers who want to buy a more fuel-efficient car for very little added cost up front,” said Alex Molinaroli, president of Johnson Controls Power Solutions. “We see this market growing to 35 million batteries globally by 2015, and the United States is an important piece of the market.”