Delphi Technologies says it is launching the first Combined Inverter and DC/DC Converter in the China market. For automakers, these components create a more efficient and cost effective solution delivering higher power density, integrated in a smaller and lighter package, Delphi claims. It says combining the inverter and converter eliminates extra cables, connections, hoses and housings.

New Energy Vehicles (NEVs) is China's designation for plug-in electric vehicles eligible for public subsidies, and includes only battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). This product's potential to deliver more efficient future electric propulsion systems, while also meeting the industry's highest technological standards, has already attracted the attention of major automakers who have selected this technology to power their vehicles, the company says.

"This launch marks another major step forward for Delphi Technologies' pioneering position in electrification and another development of power electronics as an enabler," said Kevin Quinlan, senior vice president and general manager, Electronics and Electrification for Delphi Technologies. "We continue to develop our business around the globe with exciting steps forward in the China market."

Delphi Technologies' US$80m investment in the Suzhou Plant covers an area of over 17,000 sq m (180,000 sq ft). The launch of this product underpins the technological developments the company is pursuing to address diverse local requirements for the Chinese market.

"We bring two decades of expertise to this product, which began with an initial investment in advanced engineering of electric vehicles," said Quinlan. "Today's launch could not have been possible without leveraging the unique engineering talent of our people"

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