April 21, 2008


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New Eaton Hybrid Power Value Calculator Shows Fuel Savings

KALAMAZOO, Mich. … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation’s Hybrid Power business unit has launched a new web-based customer value calculator for hybrid power systems that gives potential buyers the opportunity to quickly and easily compute their estimated return on investment in environmentally-friendly and fuel-saving hybrid vehicles.

The calculator, which may be accessed at, compares the estimated costs associated with operating a vehicle equipped with a hybrid electric powertrain versus those associated with a non-hybrid powertrain. The calculator provides the information for two vocational truck types – delivery and utility.

For delivery vehicles, estimated savings are determined according to:

• Typical truck life.

• Typical annual miles driven.

• Typical miles per gallon of current fleet.

For utility vehicles, estimated savings are determined according to those same three factors, plus:

• Typical hours at work site per day.

• Typical working days per year.

• Typical idle gallons per hour.

Results are then displayed in an easy-to-follow format and include estimated price, savings and payback figures according to three scenarios – worst conditions, typical conditions and best conditions. A colorful bar chart with information on estimated percentage of fuel usage, and subsequent driving and work site savings, is also displayed.

The calculator also allows the buyer to include any tax incentives, rebates or grants that may be offered for the use of alternative fuel or hybrid power systems in commercial vehicles in their area. Hybrid-powered commercial vehicles can today be certified for U.S. federal tax credits of $12,000 per vehicle – and numerous other regional and local incentives are available. Roadranger Field Marketing representatives are trained to help customers locate and apply this funding to their truck purchase.

Eaton recently announced that its medium-duty hybrid power systems are commercially available on the chassis of several North American commercial vehicle manufacturers.

Eaton employs parallel-type, diesel-electric hybrid architecture with Eaton’s Fuller® UltraShift® automated transmission. It incorporates an electric motor/generator between the output of an automated clutch and input of the transmission. The system recovers energy normally lost during braking and stores the energy in batteries. When electric torque is blended with engine torque, the stored energy is used to improve fuel economy and vehicle performance for a given speed or used to operate the vehicle with electric power only. The system can also be designed to provide energy for use during engine-off worksite operations, further reducing noise, emissions and fuel costs.

Eaton’s hybrid systems are supported by a dedicated team of Roadranger service specialists, including hybrid power experts. The Roadranger call center (800-826-HELP) is also staffed with hybrid experts to provide additional support throughout the world.

The Roadranger solution is an unbeatable combination of the best drivetrain, hybrid power, safety, and fleet management product solutions from Dana Corporation and Eaton Corporation. It's all backed by the Roadranger team - the most experienced, expert and accessible drivetrain consultants in the business.

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; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; hydraulics, fuel and pneumatic systems for commercial and military aircraft; 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.