Eaton program lowers hybrid service replacement costs

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Updated Oct 13, 2011

Eaton Corp. announced a program that lowers the service replacement cost for its hybrid power systems electronics carriers. In addition, Eaton announced it will offer two auxiliary power generator options for its hybrid electric power systems that allow customers to use vital equipment without requiring the engine to idle for power generation.

“We are now entering the period when the early adopters of hybrid technology are beginning to require service of the hybrid power batteries outside the factory warranty period,” says Gerard Devito, director of engineering, Eaton Hybrid Power Systems Division. “We are committed to helping fleets receive real value in running cleaner, greener fleets by continuing to lower the overall cost of ownership for hybrid systems and prove a positive return on investment. This service replacement program is focused on doing just that.”

The new program announced at the Hybrid, Electric and High Efficiency Truck Users Forum 2011 National Conference in Baltimore lowers the purchase price of PECs by up to half for pickup-and-delivery as well as utility applications. A standard aftermarket warranty of one year parts and labor applies, with a two-year extended protection plan available at an additional cost. The program now is available through dealerships that elect to participate in this program and are authorized to service Eaton Hybrid Power Systems.

In addition to the PEC service replacement program, two APG options in 2012 will allow fleets to run equipment from the vehicle without requiring the engine to idle for power generation. “The APG options will quietly meet the power needs for customers using 115 volt single-phase tools and 208 volt three-phase loads,” says Devito. “By using the hybrid batteries for power, the APG option offers fleets real payback by further reducing fuel consumption. Of course, this option provides even greater reductions in emissions, which is a benefit to us all.”