Eaton Introduces First Commercially Available Hybrid Power System In China

Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation has formally introduced its first commercially-available hybrid power system in China with Beiqi Foton Bus Company, deploying the hybrid system in 30 city buses for Guangzhou Yiqi Bus.

Beiqi Foton Bus Company and Eaton delivered the 30 hybrid diesel-electric transit buses to Guangzhou Yiqi Bus on January 11 during a ceremony hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce as part of its Clean Energy Trade Mission to China and India. The 30 buses will be deployed to carry passengers in the city, with an expected fuel savings of up to 27 percent, along with similar reductions in particulate and nitrogen oxide emissions.

"We are pleased to provide Eaton's hybrid power system technology in working with Beiqi Foton to meet the needs of Guangzhou Yiqi Bus," said James W. McGill, Eaton vice president – Asia/Pacific. "Innovative Eaton technologies such as our hybrid power systems are generating improved fuel economy and significant environmental benefits. We look forward to supplying more of these systems to serve the growing Chinese market."

Guangzhou Yiqi operates approximately half of the transit buses in Guangzhou, a city of 12 million people. 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.

"U.S. clean-energy companies can help China and India meet their enormous energy demands while deploying technology that benefits the environment," said David Bohigian, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce, commenting on the 18 U.S. companies, including Eaton, participating in the trade mission.

Eaton is a leading provider of diesel-electric hybrid power systems in the United States for truck and bus applications and is also pioneering hydraulic hybrid power systems technologies for use in refuse trucks, delivery vehicles, buses and other applications.

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