Johnson Controls is partnering with Lawrence Technological University (LTU) to test and develop battery systems in vehicles aimed at helping automakers meet increasing fuel economy and emissions standards.

The new Johnson Controls Vehicle Engineering Systems Lab will feature a dynamometer used to test vehicles in different controlled driving environments.

“The work we are doing with LTU is important because we can develop, optimise and validate battery systems inside the complete vehicle environment to meet our customers’ future needs,” said Johnson Controls Power Solutions VP engineering and product development, MaryAnn Wright.

“Johnson Controls is constantly investing in its applied research and development capabilities to stay ahead of the evolving needs of the auto industry and to remain a global leader in the battery business.”

Johnson Controls will use the lab to test its recently announced 12-volt lithium-ion battery in its prototype Advanced Start-Stop vehicle, with the supplier claiming it can improve fuel economy and emissions by up to 8%.

The company’s 48-volt Micro Hybrid system, which secures up to 15% fuel economy, is also part of the research and development with LTU.

The partnership, which began in 2014, focuses on developing the next generation of engineers by involving them in research projects and teaming them with LTU faculty and Johnson Controls technical experts.

“These partnerships provide a strong talent pipeline for scientists and engineers interested in careers that will shape the way we drive our vehicles and use natural resources,” added Wright.