CPI to supply batteries for Eaton hybrid systems

  • 22-Jul-2010 01:32 EDT
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LG Chem/CPI lithium-ion battery cells will be used in "certain future" Eaton hybrid-electric drive systems for commercial-vehicle applications. Cells will be manufactured in a new facility in Holland, MI.

Eaton Corp. has selected Compact Power Inc. (CPI), a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of LG Chem, to provide batteries for certain future Eaton hybrid-electric drive systems. The announcement took place during the recent groundbreaking at CPI’s new battery cell manufacturing facility in Holland, MI, attended by President Barack Obama and Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. “The demand for hybrid commercial vehicles will continue to grow globally, and LG Chem and CPI have made important advancements in battery technology and future production capability here in western Michigan. This technology is a key part of Eaton’s strategy to meet the future demand of our customers worldwide,” said Dimitri Kazarinoff, Vice President and General Manager for Eaton’s Hybrid Power Systems Division. Eaton’s hybrid business is located at the company’s Vehicle Group headquarters in Charleston Township, MI. Engineering, development, and testing of hybrid systems is also done at Eaton facilities in Marshall and Southfield, MI. No particular Eaton hybrid system has been assigned to these batteries yet, a spokesperson said, but end users will include such companies as FedEx, UPS, Coca-Cola Enterprises, PepsiCo, and Wal-Mart.

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