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June 2016

ALABC ADEPT Demonstration HEV on Path to Meet Future Ultra-Low Emissions Targets

Preliminary results from the ADEPT project initiated under the ALABC’s 2013-15 program indicate a 48V mild hybrid demonstrator fitted with an advanced lead carbon battery is capable of delivering near full hybrid-scale diesel fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions. The ADEPT (advanced diesel-electric powertrain) project is intended to demonstrate ‘intelligent electrification’ in a Ford Focus model through a highly cost-effective package, without compromising increasingly stringent European exhaust emission regulations.
 
The interim results follow almost three years of intensive testing, development and validation of this advanced 48V mild hybrid technology in comparison to conventional yet more expensive hybridization approaches. The final results will be presented at the UK’s premier Low Carbon Vehicle event (LCV2016) on 14-15 September, where industry executives, government officials and the media will have an opportunity to drive the vehicle.
 
ALABC, with important contributions from Provector (battery pack design and construction) and the University of Sheffield (battery evaluation and dynamic charge acceptance studies), is part of the ADEPT research consortium led by Ricardo together with Controlled Power Technologies (CPT), Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies UK Ltd, Ford Motor Company, and the University of Nottingham.
 
Press Release: Hybrid Vehicle with 48V Advanced Lead Carbon Battery on Path to Meet Future Ultra-Low Emissions Targets
 
 
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Johnson Controls Expands AGM Lead-Acid Battery Production

ALABC member and leading battery producer Johnson Controls International (JCI) recently announced an investment of $445 million to boost production of its absorbent glass mat (AGM) batteries worldwide. The investment includes $245 million to double AGM output in North America by the year 2020 and $200 million to build a new battery plant in China. This expansion comes in response to an expected increase in lead battery demand (both AGM and EFB) by OEMs as start-stop systems become more commonplace in North America and China over the next several years.
 
Start-stop technology is currently offered in 5-10% of new vehicles in the U.S. and China, but according to JCI CEO Alex Molinaroli, that figure is expected to rise to 50% over the next five years. The technology is already widely present in Europe, comprising 60-65% of the current market, and that figure is expected to increase to 85% by 2020.

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South African manufacturer Powertech Batteries continued its commitment to advanced lead battery development when it joined ALABC in December for the 2016-18 R&D program. Through its two brands Willard Batteries (which had been a member of earlier ALABC programs) and SABAT Batteries, it has become one of the leaders in automotive energy storage solutions in the sub-Saharan region of Africa.
 
A wholly-owned subsidiary of the Altron Group, Powertech also benefits from a joint venture with long-time ALABC member EnerSys by which it has expanded its market presence in industry energy storage applications. Powertech was recently recognized at the Automechanika trade fair for its exhibit of the Willard Limited Edition Rhino Battery, which features robust performance in one of the company’s most innovative battery technologies.
 
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ALABC Exhibits, Supports Lead Battery Track at AABC in Detroit

ALABC took an active part in the recent Advanced Automotive Battery Conference (AABC) in Detroit with an exhibit stand promoting the benefits of the ALABC’s 48V demonstration hybrids and a strong role in the conference’s first-ever track dedicated solely to advanced lead battery technology. The track consisted of four full sessions with the chairmanship plus a breakfast table and a panel discussion. It was attended by 70 delegates listening to high-quality presentations from major battery companies, suppliers and research institutes and received very positive feedback.
 
Among others, the new lead battery track featured presentations by OEMs such as Ford, Toyota and Nissan, and from ALABC members Advanced Battery Concepts, East Penn Manufacturing, JCI, NorthStar Battery and RSR. ALABC program manager Boris Monahov reported on the results of ALABC research and the opportunities and trends in lead batteries offered by manufacturers and researchers in and outside ALABC; Allan Cooper on how advanced 48V lead-carbon batteries are the most cost-efficient way to meet automotive emission requirements; and ILA Product and Sustainability Director Alistair Davidson on why lead batteries are the most sustainable choice for automotive applications.
 
“The conference gave us some important indications about future opportunities for lead batteries and how to keep them as the product of choice," said Dr. Monahov. "There is every chance that a lead track will now be included in future AABCs, which is good news.”
 
A full report on the conference and presentations will be available to ALABC members shortly.