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Eaton forms strategic alliance to develop next-generation electrified mobility technologies

Eaton forms strategic alliance to develop next-generation electrified mobility technologies
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Following the formation of its eMobility business unit, Eaton Corporation plc announced that it has chosen global technology company KPIT to support the development of next-generation electrified mobility technologies.

Eaton is a power management company with 2018 sales of USD21.6 billion, providing energy-efficient solutions to effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton 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 eMobility business is poised to capitalize on a global vehicle electrification market projected to grow to 15 million pure battery-electric vehicles by 2030.

Eaton has more than 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.

Based in Pune, India, 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 has a global footprint with centers of excellence in the U.S., Europe, India, and Asia-Pacific.

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.

“Eaton continues to build competencies to solve complex problems in eMobility, which OEMs consider critical and transformative,” said Jeff Lowinger, president, eMobility, Eaton. “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.”

“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,” said Kishor Patil, CEO, KPIT.

“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.”

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