Eaton Corporation's work with hybrid electric drive systems for the commercial industry is virtually unmatched. Recently, Eaton announced its selection of Compact Power, a U.S. subsidiary of Korean company LG Chem, as a battery supplier for future Eaton hybrid products. As vice president for Eaton's Hybrid Power Systems Division Dimitri Kazarinoff stated:
We've witnessed repair trucks parked curbside idling away for hours spewing emissions while workers perform tasks. In fact, this apparent waste of fuel happens all too often, doesn't it? It's not that the workers are mistakenly leaving the trucks running, it's that the diesel engine provides power to the tools needed to perform repair tasks. So, is there any way to avoid running the engine for hours on end yet still accomplish the necessary work? You bet there is, and Eaton Corp., along with A12
With the early initial success of the Nissan Leaf already showing us that electric vehicles are in high demand, we now must address the infrastructure issue. In short, we need more chargers and we need them now. To fill the void, Eaton Corp. has teamed up with Japan-based Takaoka Electric to develop a fast charger for both residential and commercial use.
LG Chem is rapidly shaping up to be one of the world leaders in supplying lithium ion batteries for transportation applications. We already knew that LG Chem would be supplying General Motors with cells for the Chevrolet Volt and packs for the General's upcoming two-mode plug-in hybrid. LG is also supplying packs to Hyundai for its Korean-market Elantra hybrid and the upcoming Sonata hybrid.
With the cost of diesel still sky high, there is a lot of interest in heavy duty hybrids these days and Eaton Corp. is well positioned to take advantage of the market opportunity. With big truck brands like Peterbilt using their hybrid drivetrains and companies like Coca-Cola demanding them, the future is bright enough for the industrial manufacturer that they feel the need to further expand their operations center in Charleston Township, Michigan. They're about to add 20,000 sq.ft. on top of (l