Delphi Shows Power Electronics Capabilities at MEMA Ride & Drive Show
Delphi’s Battery Pack and Inverter Help Power Hybrid Vehicles.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Delphi is showcasing its electrical power systems capabilities at this year’s MEMA (Motor & Equipment Manufacturing Association) Ride and Drive on Oct. 4-5, 2007 at RFK Stadium. Delphi’s battery pack and power inverter make up an essential portion of the powertrain for hybrid vehicles.
“There is no better place to show our capabilities in this area than in Washington, D.C.,” stated Thomas Goesch, Delphi product line manager for power electronics. “With energy conservation and environmental concerns at the top of national issues, this is a perfect venue to show our hybrid vehicle systems.”
Delphi delivers significant value to hybrid vehicle auto manufacturers by bringing the right electronic and electrical powertrain component systems, thermal management components and wiring architecture for their hybrid vehicles.
Leveraging its breadth and depth of systems integration and power electronics expertise, Delphi’s power electronics operation provides advanced technology systems to produce hybrid vehicle powertrains that are industry leaders in efficiency.
“We are using our unique systems integration âknow how’ in this emerging field to help hybrid vehicle manufacturers offer consumers efficient, cost competitive and reliable hybrid vehicle powertrains,” said Goesch.
As oil prices continue to fluctuate on the high end, Delphi’s power electronics experience is gaining more traction with vehicle manufacturers. More hybrid vehicles are hitting the road in North America that combine the features of two energy sources —usually gasoline and electricity — to help drivers save money on the cost of operating a vehicle. Currently, buyers of hybrid vehicles in the United States are eligible for tax advantages and in some states insurance reductions. In addition, hybrid vehicles emit fewer emissions than gasoline-only powered vehicles.
Delphi creates custom designs and builds lower-cost power electronics that include DC/DC converters, ECM/HEV controllers, inverters and high-voltage battery packs that integrate seamlessly into the vehicles electrical architecture.
Delphi’s advanced electronics allow the electric motor to act not only as a motor but also a generator that can draw energy from the batteries to accelerate the vehicle. In addition, the same electronics allow the motor to slow the vehicle down and return a recharge to the batteries.
Delphi has had more than 70 patents issued since 2000 in power electronics and advanced energy systems. During the mid-1990s, Delphi built much of the electronics, including the hybrid module and electrical systems, for the first electric vehicles built and made available on the market by a major manufacturer in North America.
“Starting early in the development process with vehicle manufacturers, Delphi focuses on aggressively lowering the hybrid electric vehicle cost of powertrain electrification through component design, system design, manufacturability and controls and algorithms development,” Goesch said. “These savings can be passed on to add more value for the consumer.”
Delphi has created an extensive power electronics development lab with advanced analysis and design tools to complement its manufacturing operations. Delphi’s capabilities include development from silicon to electronic modules and “art to part” prototyping.
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