Delphi Supplies Critical Technologies to Hybrid Vehicle Market
Delphi Offers OEMs Hybrid Vehicle Solutions That Meet Consumer Demand for More Fuel-Efficient, Eco-Friendly Vehicles
PARIS—Delphi Corp. (PINKSHEETS: DPHIQ) is well positioned to provide automakers with the technology to turn out high-tech hybrids. From power electronics to electrical/electronic architecture, thermal management technology to automotive aftermarket expertise, Delphi helps automakers deliver what consumers demand.
“Drivers across the globe are facing rising fuel costs and, as a result, are adjusting their driving habits to compensate for high prices at the pump,” said Ron Pirtle, president, Delphi Europe, Middle East and Africa. “At Delphi, we recognize that a growing number of consumers will be looking to hybrid vehicles to provide better fuel efficiency and reduced carbon emissions as compared to conventional internal-combustion-engine-powered vehicles. Our breadth and depth of systems integration and more than 20 years of experience in power electronics allow us to provide advanced technology for micro, mild, and strong hybrid vehicle powertrains.”
Building on over 70 years of automotive electronics experience, Delphi provides hybrid electronics with market-leading functionality and reliability. Key products include battery pack systems, hybrid controllers, high-voltage inverters and DC/DC (direct current to direct current) converters.
A leader in innovation and systems integration, Delphi recently integrated the hybrid system controller, inverter converter and battery system into one module that typically fits behind the rear seat. This unique drop-in micro hybrid start/stop system is a self-contained drive system that operates over a wide range of voltages and power levels. Delphi’s 14V stop/start system helps reduce fuel consumption by turning the engine off at idle and promptly restarting it via the accessory belt when the driver is ready to proceed.
Delphi’s innovative hybrid controller provides simultaneous control for internal combustion and electric motors. The company’s rugged high-voltage inverters provide variable frequency AC power from the high-voltage DC battery pack to the electric motor(s). Delphi’s DC/DC converters supply power for accessories, climate control systems and power steering.
Since 2000, Delphi has had more than 100 patents issued in power electronics and advanced energy systems.
Delphi is also an expert in hybrid vehicle electrical/electronic (E/E) architecture, including such components as high-power electrical wiring harnesses, connectors, and hybrid electrical centers. Hybrid vehicles have rigorous power requirements and demand robust component performance in a challenging environment. Beyond the components, the company provides custom-designed E/E architectures for hybrid vehicles to achieve greater functionality, reduced mass and packaging space, cost savings, improved reliability, and environmental friendliness. To improve driver safety in high-power environments, complex factors in the electrical system must be addressed and engineered for reliability and peak performance.
A vehicle’s E/E architecture touches nearly every device in all areas of densely-packaged vehicles and must survive extremely harsh environments. Hybrid vehicles present unique challenges when it comes to E/E architecture. DC/DC converters, motor drives, battery packs, and connection systems capable of managing high voltages and currents are increasingly sophisticated. Delphi addresses these needs by building custom E/E architecture systems for today’s hybrid electric vehicles.
Delphi is also addressing the unique thermal challenges presented by hybrid vehicles in the areas of powertrain cooling and cabin comfort. Many hybrid vehicle engines shut-off at various times during a drive cycle—such as while waiting at a stop sign. Air conditioning systems on conventional vehicles are powered by the engine. So, when the engine on the hybrid vehicle shuts off to save fuel, so does the air conditioning system.
Delphi is developing thermal technologies to enhance hybrid vehicle comfort when the engine is off—including Electric Compressor Air Conditioning Systems and Thermal Storage Systems. These systems offer OEMs a range of thermal technologies to enhance cabin comfort based on specific vehicle architectures and customer needs.
Another challenge presented by hybrid vehicles is the thermal management of the powertrain and the impact heat generation has on cabin comfort. Delphi’s core thermal systems technologies can satisfy all of the hybrid vehicle thermal demands—including the battery and power electronics cooling requirements—without compromising passenger comfort.
These thermal systems help to ensure that the total energy required to manage the thermal needs of the hybrid powertrain and provide passenger comfort resulting in the best overall value, including good fuel economy and uncompromised comfort.
Another key element in the movement towards hybrid technology is preparing the service industry to safely and accurately diagnose and repair complex hybrid vehicle systems. This hybrid technology represents a fundamental paradigm shift from mechanical to electronic for garages.
Hybrid vehicles incorporate an abundance of complex power electronics, controls and specialized subsystems. Diagnostic capability and the ability to update software in the controls will be a key success factor for future service professionals.
For instance, in the aftermarket remanufacturing of components such as electric propulsion motors and other specialty sub-systems provide green and cost-effective service parts. Battery remanufacturing, refurbishing or reclamation will become a huge business as the part ages. Reflashing of computers and diagnostic time is yet another opportunity.
Delphi’s combined, comprehensive suite of training & support, productivity tools, and workshop solutions helps shops identify needed services; helps technicians quickly locate current, accurate vehicle information; and helps shops stay connected to the latest OE vehicle advances for precise repairs.
For more information about Delphi, visit www.delphi.com.
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