Ford Motor Company announced today that Johnson Controls/Saft will provide the battery system for Ford's first hybrid plug-in vehicle, scheduled to be released in 2012.

The five-year supply agreement between the companies includes delivery of battery packs for production in 2012 with a target of five thousand units per year.  Johnson Controls' battery packs include cells, mechanical, electrical, electronic and thermal components, and will be assembled in the United States.

Ford's PHEV will have an estimated fuel economy improvement of 60 to 100 percent. Its battery can power the car on full electric mode for 40 miles and can be recharged through a 120 volt electrical outlet.

Johnson Controls-Saft is currently working with Ford, Southern California-Edison and the Electric Power Research Institute on a 20-vehicle test fleet to demonstrate the capability of PHEVs as part of a complete vehicle, home and grid energy system.