Eaton inks strategic alliance with KPIT to develop next-gen electrified mobility technologies

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 13 Aug 2019


Power management company Eaton has collaborated with Pune-based global technology company KPIT to support the development of next-generation electrified mobility technologies for its e-mobility business unit.

Eaton’s collaboration with KPIT initially will focus on developing and deploying technologies, software solutions and platforms for several components, including inverters, on-board chargers, DC-DC converters and power distribution modules.

Jeff Lowinger, president, e-mobility, Eaton said, “KPIT is our extended team in this approach, with its sharp focus on mobility and years of experience in electric powertrain technologies. Our strategic alliance with KPIT brings valuable capabilities and technologies to enable manufacturers to develop vehicles that are cleaner and safer and deliver value.”

Kishor Patil, CEO, KPIT said, “The strategic alliance with Eaton resonates with KPIT's vision of reimagining mobility with its customers, partners and people. We value our relationship with Eaton as strategic and count them as one of our top customers. With our complementary strengths in the automotive domain and electrification technologies, we are geared to address some of the most complex challenges involved in the development of electric vehicles and pave the way for Eaton to leapfrog the competition in the electric mobility space.”

In March 2018, Eaton announced the formation of its e-mobility business unit for electrified vehicles. The business focuses on three primary areas for both automotive and commercial vehicle customers: intelligent power electronics, power systems, and advanced power distribution and circuit protection. The e-mobility business is poised to capitalise on a global vehicle electrification market projected to grow to 15 million pure battery-electric vehicles by 2030.

Eaton has over 15 years of expertise in developing hybrid systems—with hybrid-electric and plug-in hybrid systems on the road in the U.S., Europe, China and other Asia-Pacific markets.

KPIT has proven expertise in embedded software, accelerators and stacks, such as AUTomotive Open System ARchitecture (AUTOSAR) and V2G, which enable faster implementation of technologies. KPIT also has a global footprint with centers of excellence in the U.S., Europe, India and Asia-Pacific.

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