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Eaton signs long term agreement with TATSA

ABR Staff Writer Published 03 May 2011

Eaton, a provider of truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems, has signed a long term agreement to design and supply hybrid electric power system to Tecnología Avanzada en Transporte (TATSA), for use in buses in Argentina and throughout South America.

The alliance will produce six preproduction units initially, followed by a production plan to manufacture 20 additional units in 2011.

The companies will work closely to match Eaton's efficient hybrid system to TATSA's 12 meter bus model.

The hybrid system combines a Cummins diesel engine with an electric motor that has a peak power output of 44 kilowatt.

Eaton matches the system to an automated six-speed Eaton transmission and stores energy in four lithium-ion batteries.

TATSA is a member of the Argentine commercial vehicle industry and engaged in an expansion process in both domestic and international markets.

The company has been building commercial vehicle since 2005, at a plant in San Martin, Buenos Aires, this year it will start production in a new plant located in Maldonado, Uruguay and is also planning to set-up another plant in Fort Valley, Georgia in 2011.

Eaton offers the complete line-up of hybrid power systems for commercial vehicle applications, including electric hybrid, plug-in electric hybrid and hydraulic hybrid power systems.

Eaton hybrid power systems have accumulated more than 100 million miles of road-tested service around the world and contributed to the saving of more than four million gallons of fuel and reducing more than 40,000 tons of harmful emissions.