Johnson Controls' Commercial Vehicles Batteries at IAA

By Johnson Controls Power Solutions Emea, PRNE
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

High-Performance VARTA Batteries for Commercial Vehicles

HANOVER, Germany, September 22, 2010 - Global automotive battery leader Johnson Controls is providing the power
for commercial vehicles throughout Europe. A large number of the innovations
that will be on display at the IAA Nutzfahrzeuge [Commercial Vehicles Trade
Fair] in Hanover (23 to 30 September 2010) have Johnson Controls technology
on board, including the DAF XF105.460 Blue Edition, the 8900 Volvo intercity
bus and the Volvo FMX works vehicle. Johnson Controls' patented labyrinth
lid, calcium technology and special micro-fibreglass mats ensure that the
batteries are longer-lasting, maintenance-free and safe.

"The demands on the power supply have changed in recent years for
commercial vehicles. Intercity transport, urban transport, loading platforms
- the whole modern technology requires much more power than in the past,"
explains Johann-Friedrich Dempwolff, Vice President Sales OEM and OES of
Johnson Controls Power Solutions EMEA. "We have reacted early and, in
cooperation with automotive manufacturers, developed the appropriate
batteries: long-lasting, fail-safe, maintenance-free, individual."

Ten times higher vibration resistance compared with standard batteries
Batteries with HD (Heavy Duty) and SHD (Super Heavy Duty) technology are sold
in the spare parts business under the name VARTA Promotive Silver (SHD) and
Blue (HD). They are based on calcium-silver technology, with a patented
labyrinth lid that causes water vapour on the battery lid to condense and
flow back safely into the battery.

Calcium-silver technology gives a range of advantages with minimised
water consumption and low self-discharge, both batteries have a higher shelf
life of up to 18 months as well as increased corrosion protection. In
addition, these maintenance-free batteries are supplied filled and charged no
more acid needs to be procured or stored, which is a clear cost saving.

Because VARTA commercial vehicle batteries are low-maintenance and
corrosion-proof, they can be planned into difficult-to-access areas.

The battery design guarantees a much higher cycle life and ten times
higher vibration resistance compared with standard batteries.

And the micro-fibreglass mat layer that is used in SHD ensures that the
active mass of the battery remains bound with the grid. This increases the
service life of the battery by at least 20 percent.

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    Further information can be obtained from:

    Johnson Controls Power Solutions EMEA
    VB Autobatterie GmbH & Co. KGaA
    Ina Longwitz
    Am Leineufer 51
    30419 Hanover, Germany
    Tel.: +49-511-975-1031
    Fax: +49-511-975-1010

Further information can be obtained from: Johnson Controls Power Solutions EMEA, VB Autobatterie GmbH & Co. KGaA, Ina Longwitz, Am Leineufer 51, 30419 Hanover, Germany, Tel.: +49-511-975-1031, Fax: +49-511-975-1010, Email: ina.longwitz at .

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