Eaton in strategic deal for electric vehicle tech

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By Nick Flaherty

Power management company Eaton has chosen Indian technology supplier KPIT to support the development of next-generation electric vehicle technologies for its eMobility business unit.

The collaboration will initially look at 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 of eMobility at 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.”

Eaton created the eMobility business unit for electric vehicles in March 2018 for both automotive and commercial customers. It is developing intelligent power electronics, power systems and advanced power distribution and circuit protection for the global electric vehicle market. This is projected to grow to 15 million pure battery-electric vehicles by 2030.

KPIT has proven expertise in electric vehicle technology, including embedded software, accelerators and stacks such as AUTomotive Open System ARchitecture (AUTOSAR) and V2G.

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