Johnson-Saft is headquarters
Johnson-Saft is headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Former Ford Escape Hybrid executive Mary Ann Wright now heads the hybrid battery division in Johnson-Saft. There is a plant in France today that is producing lithium-ion batteries for hybrid vehicles and Mercedes is receiving all of the supply!
As for the electric motor, there is software on the current FEH that limits the total power it can produce. I assume this software limitation could be "adjusted" easily.
Ranger 1 you have referred
Ranger 1 you have referred to Hymotion of Canada. On the website they state an additional battery is piggybacked onto your existing hybrid battery to provide addtional range in electric mode. I forget the distance they state but the vehicle remains a hybrid and not full electric. You lose cargo space with this method. I am not aware of any FEH conversions yet via this company.
Hybrids-Plus of Boulder, Co is another third party that replaces your existing hybrid battery with a new lithium ion battery that provides electric assist even at highway speed. There is a first hand report from a "driver" at Greenhybird.com. This system will set you back around 36,000 bucks. The company has done a number of FEH conversions.
Yes 36K is a lot of money.
Yes 36K is a lot of money. Recent reports about the "upcoming" GM Volt have quoted a price tag of $48,000 for the vehicle! That is why one can read of "proposals" to lease the hybrid battery pack in the Volt in an attempt to make it more affordable. There are even rumors that GM will have to label the Volt a "Caddy" and not a "Chevy" due to this high price tag.