Hitachi To Supply Eaton’s Hybrid Business

Posted on October 20, 2008

Hitachi, Ltd. and Hitachi Vehicle Energy, Ltd., which manufactures lithium-ion batteries for hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) and other uses, announced that they have been awarded an order from U.S.-based Eaton Corp. to supply motors, inverters, lithium-ion batteries and other components for Eaton’s hybrid power systems to be delivered through 2011. Plans call for commercial vehicles using Eaton’s hybrid system to be rolled out in markets in North America, Europe and Asia.

Eaton hybrid commercial vehicles deployed in fleet operations are today achieving between 30 and 60% savings in fuel costs, dependent on driving route and operating conditions, along with similar percentage decreases in NOx and other emissions. In 2005, Eaton was one of the first companies in the world to deliver to commercial vehicle manufacturers a hybrid power system including Hitachi hybrid components. This system is already in use in commercial vehicles in North America and China in package delivery vans, medium-duty pickup and delivery operations, utility repair, city passenger transit and other applications.

Hitachi develops and manufactures within the Hitachi Group major HEV components, including motors, inverters and batteries. Hitachi subsidiary Hitachi Vehicle Energy said it is the only battery manufacturer supplying lithium-ion batteries for mass-produced vehicles.