Eaton to supply inverters for EV batteries to Nidec-PSA

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 18 Apr 2019

Eaton's low voltage inverter

Ireland-based power management company Eaton’s ‘eMobility’ business has been chosen by Nidec-PSA’s Emotors, a joint venture between Nidec Leroy-Somer and Groupe PSA, to supply high-performance traction inverters for a battery-electric vehicle platform.

“We are pleased to partner with Emotors and value the opportunity to support them in one of their product lines,” said Jeff Lowinger, president, eMobility. “Eaton’s power-dense inverters help deliver a safe, reliable and comfortable driving experience.”

Eaton will provide its power-dense inverters to Emotors, who will integrate it with the motor and ship the finished system to its customers for assembly into the battery-electric vehicle.

Leveraging Eaton’s expertise in managing high-voltage power, eMobility developed the vehicle inverters with a power density of 35 kilowatts per liter and 98 percent operating efficiency. The inverter’s high-power density and compact, lightweight design take up minimal space in the vehicle, which Eaton claims helps to maximise range and improve safety and the driving experience.

Eaton forecasts electrified vehicles to increase to 38 percent of the global passenger car market by 2030, with share dispersed among battery electric, plug-in hybrid, hybrid electric and mild hybrid electric. Eaton’s inverters can be used in all types of electric vehicles, as well as other alternative fuel vehicles, such as hydrogen fuel cell cars and trucks.

Eaton has high-voltage, fast-acting fuses in a number of global electrified cars and power electronics on a leading European battery-electric vehicle platform. Eaton also has more than 15 years of experience in developing commercial vehicle hybrid systems and has a number of vehicle electrification products in the market, including DC/DC converters, power distribution units, battery-electric transmissions, and high-voltage fuses.

Eaton, the power management company, revealed that in 2018 its sales was worth $21.6 billion (Rs 149,855 crore). Eaton also claims to employ 99,000 people worldwide and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries.

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