Eaton Corporation Awarded for Innovative Automotive Technologies

Industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation has been recognized by China’s Auto & Parts magazine for its contributions to alternative energy research and improvements to existing automotive technology. Eaton received the Low-Carbon Auto Parts award for its Twin Vortices Series supercharger and the Technological Innovation award for its hybrid electric systems, which are currently used in transit buses.

Both technologies competed in the “Energy Efficiency & Emission Reduction” award category.

General Manager of Eaton’s China Vehicle Group, Frank Wang, said, “This is a great honor and reflection on Eaton’s dedicated efforts in relevant innovations. We will continue to develop innovative products to increase performance while reducing emissions and fuel consumption. Eaton is committed to helping the sustainable development in the Chinese automotive industry.”

The Twin Vortices Series supercharger allows automakers to use smaller engines while still providing consumers with the power and torque they desire. The high efficiency, low emissions TVS supercharger is currently being used by a number of automakers including General Motors, Audi and Tata Motors’ Land Rover and Jaguar brands. The TVS is a positive displacement design comprised of twin, 160-degree oriented, four-lobe rotors. Over the next four years, Eaton predicts that demand for the TVS supercharger could increase by up to 80%. The 2009 Corvette ZR-1, Audi S4, Jaguar XKR and Cadillac CTS-V all use the technology.

Eaton’s hybrid electric power system is in use in more than 1,000 transit busses in a number of global markets. The system automatically turns off the vehicles’ diesel engines when they remain stationary, as when loading and unloading passengers, and then restarts the engines when power is needed. The system has been proven to significantly reduce noise and tailpipe emissions.

Eaton is a global leader in the field of commercial vehicle hybrid systems. Eaton hybrid, plug-in electric and hybrid hydraulic systems are in use or in development for a number of commercial vehicle makers including DAF, Ford Motor Company, Iveco, Peterbuilt, Kenmore and Freightliner and buses made by BCI, Heng Tong, Solaris and others.

Eaton claims its commercial technologies have saved more than 1.5 million gallons of fossil fuels and reduced tailpipe emissions by more than 15,000 tons.

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