April 9, 2007
The following news was issued by Guangzhou Armada Development Corporation today in China.
GUANGZHOU, China … At a reception in Guangzhou today, Guangzhou Armada Development Corporation, Guangzhou Yiqi Bus Co., Ltd and diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation (NYSE:ETN) formally agreed upon the purchase of 207 diesel-electric hybrid power systems to be installed in new buses for operation in the city of Guangzhou.
This purchase adds to the initial installation of 30 Eaton hybrid-powered buses announced in January as part of the U.S. Department of Commerce Clean Energy Trade Mission to China. The buses will be placed into passenger service throughout the year. Once deployed, this will be the largest single placement of hybrid-powered buses anywhere in China. It is also Eaton’s largest single hybrid power systems order to date. Guangzhou Yiqi operates approximately half of the transit buses in Guangzhou, a city of 12 million people in China’s Guangdong province.
At the event, fuel-savings and emission reduction results were presented from the initial placement of buses in Guangzhou since January. Fuel consumption for the diesel-electric hybrid powered buses is nearly 60 percent less than that of the LPG-powered buses currently in service, with fuel cost savings of about 40 percent. The system also provides significant reductions in particulate and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.
The signing reception was hosted by the U.S. Consul General for Guangzhou, Robert Goldberg. “Just three months ago, when Commerce Assistant Secretary David Bohigian and his Clean Energy Trade Mission were in Guangzhou, I was privileged to participate in a ceremony where we celebrated the placement of thirty buses. I am particularly pleased to note that we’ve come even further in the ensuing hundred days and are celebrating the placement of almost seven times that number. The United States is proud to be a partner in this process of commercial engagement, especially as it relates to clean energy technologies. I assure you that we intend to hold this agreement up as proof that business, technology and government leaders of our two countries can accomplish great things in earnest collaboration.”
Representing Guangzhou Yiqi Bus was director of the board Wu Wan Cheng. “We are very confident in the technology that Eaton is providing to Guangzhou Yiqi Bus and to the citizens of Guangzhou with our 207 new hybrid buses,” said Wu. “The initial placement of 30 buses has been very successful. Not only do these buses reduce pollution, but they save fuel as well.”
Speaking for Eaton was David Bennett, vice president and general manager, Asia-Pacific for Eaton’s Truck Group. “One of Eaton’s primary business foundations is sustainability – providing efficient and sustainable power management systems and solutions to our customers through hybrid power and other breakthrough technologies,” said Bennett. “With this agreement and with more to come, Eaton can play a significant role in helping China in its efforts to clean the air, save fuel and promote environmentally sustainable public transportation.”
China National Congress representative San Zhenquan also spoke at the reception. “The city of Guangzhou and Guangdong Province should be extremely proud to be leading our nation in the deployment of this pioneering technology,” said San. “I hope that we are setting an example and a rapid pace here that other cities and provinces can emulate as we all work to make China’s skies cleaner.”
Eaton hybrid power systems have earned the company recognition as a global leader in alternative power for commercial vehicles. Eaton’s hybrid power systems are being used in the United States by companies such as FedEx, UPS, Coca-Cola and Pepsi Cola, and Eaton’s diesel-electric hybrid power system is currently engineered as a production option in North America at Peterbilt, Kenworth, International and Freightliner. Eaton is also developing hybrid power systems for potential introduction in Europe with leading manufacturers like DAF Trucks and Daimler Trucks.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2007 sales of $13.0 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 79,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.