Eaton selects battery supplier for hybrid power systems

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Eaton Corp. announced Thursday, July 15, that it has selected Compact Power Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of LG Chem, to provide batteries for certain future Eaton hybrid electric drive systems. The announcement was made during a groundbreaking celebration at CPI’s new battery cell manufacturing facility in Holland, Mich., that was attended by President Obama and Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

“The demand for hybrid commercial vehicles will continue to grow globally, and LG Chem and CPI have made important advancements in battery technology and future production capability here in western Michigan,” says Dimitri Kazarinoff, vice president and general manager for Eaton’s Hybrid Power Systems Division. “This technology is a key part of Eaton’s strategy to meet the future demand of our customers worldwide. Additionally, we’re proud to be a key player in helping to bring these new technologies and jobs to Michigan.”

In construction of the new manufacturing facility, CPI will utilize power management technology from Eaton, including electrical components designed for energy efficiency.