KALAMAZOO, Mich. … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation recently received awards for innovation from China’s Beiqi Foton Motor Company Ltd. and its bus division Beiqi Foton Bus Company. The awards recognized the advancements of Eaton’s hybrid power systems that are cleanly powering buses in Guangzhou, China.
“Beiqi Foton is working hard to reduce pollution and greenhouse gases in China, and we are fortunate to work with the bus division as they work to reduce emissions and improve the fuel economy of their fleet,” said David Bennett, president of Eaton’s Vehicle Group in the Asia Pacific region.“It is an honor to be recognized by one of our most important customers in China, and this recognition supports Eaton’s commitment to understanding and meeting our customer’s needs.”
Beiqi Foton Bus, one of China’s leading commercial vehicle makers, first brought Eaton’s hybrid power system to China in two prototype buses that were developed and deployed for testing in 2006. In 2008 Eaton and Beiqi Foton Bus delivered 30 hybrid electric buses to Guangzhou Yiqi Bus that were deployed in Guangzhou, a city of 12 million people in China’s Guangdong province.
Eaton offers the world’s most complete line-up of hybrid systems for commercial vehicle applications. Eaton hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric and two hybrid hydraulic power systems, parallel and series, are available or in development on truck models including International, Peterbilt, Kenworth, Freightliner, Iveco, DAF, Daimler, and Ford and on bus models from Foton, Zhongtong, Yutong, JNP, King Long, Shen Long, Heng Tong, BCI and Solaris. Eaton hybrid power systems have accumulated more than 30 million miles of road-tested service around the world.
Companies such as FedEx, UPS, Coca-Cola Enterprises, PepsiCo and Wal-Mart are using delivery vehicles with the Eaton system. Work trucks with Eaton hybrid power are also in service at Florida Power and Light and many utility and telecom companies across North America. Benefits of the existing Eaton hybrid systems include fuel savings up to 35 percent, with similar percentages in emission reductions, extended brake life and idle time reductions of up to 87 percent during work site operations.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2008 sales of $15.4 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components and systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel savings and safety. Eaton has approximately 70,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit