Delphi Technologies says its facility in Suzhou, China has started fully localised production for a Combined Inverter and DC/DC Converter (CIDD) and has commenced deliveries to Geely.
The CIDD combines both an inverter and converter in one single unit and can be used by both electric vehicles and hybrids to manage their electric drive systems. Delphi Technologies maintains that combining the inverter and DC-DC converter into one unit delivers efficiency and thermal management benefits as well as reducing cost, weight and packaging requirements.
"The Chinese market is displaying significant demand for high quality next generation battery electric and plug in hybrid electric vehicles. Our global team is committed to increasing current investment in China to ensure that our customers have access to the latest innovations to support their desired market leading position in electrified vehicle production," said Kevin Quinlan, senior vice president and general manager, Electronics & Electrification for Delphi Technologies.
Quinlan added: "Expanding our technical center and manufacturing footprint for Electronics and Electrification in Suzhou is a key part of our strategy of making Delphi Technologies the leader in advanced vehicle propulsion. Today marks an important milestone with the team's first CIDD only seven months after the product was announced."
Delphi Technologies has invested USD80m (550m CNY) in its Suzhou manufacturing centre for Electronics and Electrification, which will be fully operational in the second half of 2019. Delphi Technologies will increase the number of employees in China from 2,987 to over 3,500 by 2019 as part of over USD180m (1.2bn CNY) of investments the company is making across the country. The company already has existing sites located in Beijing, Shanghai and Yantai.