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Johnson Controls to supply fuel-saving battery for new Chevy Malibu's

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Another U.S. automaker will start using a new fuel-saving battery developed by Johnson Controls.

The suburban Milwaukee firm says the advanced battery will be sold in the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu starting this fall.

The system automatically shuts down a car’s engine when idles at places like stop and go lights – and the engine reactivates once the brake pedal is released.

Johnson Controls says the new unit will increase the Malibu’s fuel efficiency by about 5 percent.

Earlier this year, Ford started using the same batteries in its Fusion model.

Johnson vice president Craig Rigby says the technology has been growing in popularity in Europe for the last several years.