Eaton Supports ZET Coalition Recommendations
By Mike Brezonick14 July 2020
Eaton announced that it is a key contributor and supporter of the National Zero-Emission Truck (ZET) Coalition’s newly issued priority federal recommendations. The ZET Coalition is calling for the establishment of a national point-of-sale incentive program to drive the production of zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (MHDVs), including clean trucks and buses, in the U.S. and recommends federal funding of more than $2 billion for point-of-sale incentives to jumpstart zero-emission truck production during the current economic downturn. The coalition is organized by the clean transportation industry group CALSTART, of which Eaton has been a member since 2005.
Eaton has partnered with CALSTART to provide the heavy-duty truck market with a suite of emission-reducing and electric vehicle technologies. Eaton also currently participates in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) SuperTruck program, a partnership between the DOE, truck manufacturers and equipment suppliers seeking to improve freight efficiency more than 100% over an equivalent 2009 model and improve engine brake thermal efficiency performance by 55%.
Eaton supplies many technologies to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) SuperTruck teams designed to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions, including a high-efficiency transmission that achieves additional fuel savings by enabling engine-off coasting and waste heat recovery; a 48 V mild hybrid electrically regenerative accessory drive that charges the vehicle’s batteries, runs the air conditioner and other accessories and replaces the alternator in linehaul commercial vehicles; and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) controllers designed to enable simultaneous fuel and emissions reductions.
Eaton said it also supports hydrogen fuel cell systems with its Twin Vortices Series (TVS) system, which is engineered to provide accurate and fast air control to enable rapid fuel cell voltage control.
Eaton’s eMobility business, launched in 2018, offers a portfolio of components for electric vehicles—including EV transmissions for both medium- and heavy-duty vehicles and Flex power distribution units (PDUs).
See more about Eaton and other electric vehicle system suppliers in the inaugural New Power Progress Electrification Yearbook.