May 11, 2018 4:30 PM, EDT

Johnson Controls Enters Battery Agreements with Navistar, MAN

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Johnson Controls’ power solutions unit announced it has been awarded contracts to supply absorbent glass mat and flooded batteries to two heavy-duty commercial truck and bus industry leaders — Navistar Inc. and MAN Truck & Bus Co., a unit of Volkswagen AG — in an effort to meet increasing electrical demands on fleets around the globe.

Johnson Controls absorbent glass mat battery

Absorbant glass mat battery (Johnson Controls)

It will supply absorbent glass mat and flooded batteries under the Fleetrite brand to Navistar’s three North American original equipment production plants and to the aftermarket through Navistar’s 700 truck and bus dealerships, according to the Milwaukee-based supplier.

Johnson Controls’ batteries now are the standard offering on Navistar’s original equipment International truck models.

To supply MAN, the company is investing in new AGM manufacturing capabilities at its Hanover, Germany, plant.

“As fleet technology continues to advance and anti-idling environmental regulations expand, batteries will play a critical role in delivering a more comfortable, safe and efficient driving experience for the truck and bus industries,” said Petar Oklobdzija, Johnson Controls group vice president and general manager of original equipment.

The global commercial truck battery market is expected to grow nearly 7% between 2018 and 2020, to an anticipated volume of 95 million batteries, the company noted in its release.