Eaton's legacy low-voltage power components are ideal for upcoming hybrid and electric vehicles

14 March 2023

Eaton, the smart power management company, announced today that its Vehicle Group will offer a range of customizable low-voltage electrical components to meet the growing power and control needs of off-highway applications including construction and agriculture. Eaton's low-voltage product portfolio will be on display at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG construction trade show in Las Vegas, March 14-18.

Craig Pytel, Product Manager, Vehicle Controls and Wireless, Eaton’s Electric Vehicles business unit, said: “The commercial vehicle segment is increasingly demanding reductions in NOx and particulate matter, and it is expected that the off-highway segment will have to comply with similar regulations in the near future. Big manufacturers are working hard to electrify every aspect of their vehicles and are at different stages of the technology curve. Eaton’s low voltage products are rugged enough to withstand harsh environments and are well suited for off-highway applications.”

Construction industry can adopt electrified vehicles to reduce emissions

Eaton offers a wide range of low-voltage products for the building sector that help critical vehicle components interact, including control modules, "smart" switches and buttons, multiplexing and power distribution modules using Controller Area Network (CAN), traditional circuit breakers and fuses .

Construction equipment is sometimes required to operate indoors, necessitating external ventilation solutions to prevent the build-up of harmful emissions. To simplify such operations, operators are looking for small electrified devices that can be safely operated indoors.

Construction equipment manufacturers are increasingly adopting higher-voltage architectures, including 48-volt and higher-voltage systems, to operate higher-power equipment. While the new architecture meets the power requirements, the equipment still needs to operate on traditional low-voltage systems. Eaton's DC-DC power conversion units step down or up the voltage as needed. The device also maintains different voltage levels to prevent overloading or damage.

Agricultural Equipment Is Moving to Electronic Components

Agricultural equipment manufacturers are following in the footsteps of the commercial vehicle industry, replacing or expanding existing equipment. Agricultural equipment that used to be driven hydraulically can now use electronic components to eliminate the risk of hydraulic leaks, which can pollute the soil, kill crops and be expensive to repair.

48-volt electrocatalytic heater controller for precise aftertreatment control

Eaton's air-cooled electrocatalytic heater controller is part of its broader 48-volt electrical systems portfolio and incorporates technologies that enable manufacturers to integrate 48-volt architectures into next-generation vehicles. The controller manages power to the aftertreatment heater, receives commands from the aftertreatment system and maintains system voltage control, and is designed to help manufacturers meet upcoming emissions regulations.

Eaton is a smart power management company dedicated to improving the quality of life of users around the world and protecting the environment. We keep our promises, do business right, continue to do business, and help our clients manage momentum now and in the future. By capitalizing on the global growth trend of electrification and digitalization, we are accelerating the global transition to renewable energy, helping to solve the world's most pressing power management challenges, and seeking better well-being for our stakeholders and society as a whole.

Eaton was founded in 1911 and this year marks the 100th anniversary of its listing on the New York Stock Exchange. The company will report revenue of $20.8 billion in 2022 and serve customers in more than 170 countries. For more information, please visit www.eaton.com . Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn .

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