Stimulus funding to assist Eaton with hybrid deployment, charging infrastructure

  • 14-Aug-2009 03:45 EDT

President Obama toured Southern California Edison in March to see the first of the Eaton-powered, F-550 plug-in hybrid utility trucks to be placed in service. The truck will have a total range of at least 300 mi (483 km) and a fuel-economy improvement of up to 70% compared to a standard utility vehicle.

Eaton Corp.’s truck and electrical businesses will support a $45.4 million grant by the U.S. Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to produce plug-in hybrid-electric power systems for 378 commercial vehicles. Eaton will work with grant recipient South Coast Air Quality Management District and other affiliates, including the Electrical Power Research Institute (EPRI), Altec Industries, Compact Power Inc., Ford Motor Co., and Southern California Edison, in the deployment of plug-in hybrid-electric commercial vehicles to more than 50 utility and municipal fleets nationwide. The company also will work with EPRI to develop plug-in station technology for the electrical charging of these vehicles. The development and deployment of the vehicles and accompanying charging infrastructure will take place over 18 months; the vehicles will be evaluated over a two-year period.

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