On the advanced-battery front . . . .

Now for some good news for Michigan that didn’t come out from the Detroit auto show: MLive reported last month that Johnson Controls’ Meadowbrook manufacturing plant in Holland, Michigan, is delivering lithium-ion batteries for installation in the 2015 Range Rover hybrid, being manufactured in the United Kingdom.

"As the first company in the world to produce lithium-ion batteries for mass production hybrid vehicles, we are excited to work with Jaguar Land Rover," said Lisa Bahash, vice president and general manager of the original equipment group at Johnson Controls Power Solutions.

The plant also supplies batteries for Mercedes Benz heavy-duty vehicles and hybrid fleet vehicles for General Motors.
Johnson Controls' Meadowbrook plant is one of two high-tech facilities making vehicle batteries in Holland, the advanced-battery capital of Michigan. LG Chem also has a plant in the community, making lithium-ion batteries for the Chevy Volt and the Cadillac ELR.

Now do you think this might silence those naysayers who’ve been talking for years about how the projected jobs making batteries in Michigan didn’t materialize?