Date: April 18, 2007
Eaton Debuts Capless Refueling System
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corp. recently announced to automakers a closed environment capless refueling system design that prevents emissions and fuel from exiting the vehicle during fueling. By eliminating the fuel cap, Eaton provides automakers with added design flexibility while helping them meet strict emission standards and the needs of consumers.
“This system demonstrates our ability to help automakers with the delicate balancing act of meeting strict regulatory requirements and, at the same time, consumer needs,” said Chris Ostander, business unit manager, Eaton Fuel Emission and Safety Systems Business Unit. “The system has flexibility in that it discriminates between gas and diesel nozzles, accepts all commonly used nozzles worldwide, and prevents splash back and odors from reaching the consumer’s hands. “
“Also, since there is no fuel cap to remove, the consumer avoids the loose cap syndrome which illuminates the “check engine” light, and often leads to a costly trip to the dealership to reset the system,” Ostrander added.
The Eaton Capless Refueling System is made with a stainless steel housing that can be matched up with stainless steel, cold rolled steel or plastic fuel fill pipes used by most automakers. The system’s integrated cover and internal self-wiping seal protects the fuel system from water and dirt intrusion, including water jets at car washes. And the system does not accumulate electrostatic charge, which has been linked to refueling fires.
The unique design also helps automakers meet strict emission standards by reducing hydrocarbon emissions, making it Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) II -capable. In addition, vehicles equipped with specific versions of the technology can achieve Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) permeation levels.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2006 sales of $12.4 billion. Eaton is a global leader in electrical systems and components for power quality, distribution and control; fluid power systems and services for industrial, mobile and aircraft equipment; intelligent truck drivetrain systems for safety and fuel economy; and automotive engine air management systems, powertrain solutions and specialty controls for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 61,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 125 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.
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