Friday, March 15, 2024

Eaton introduces next-generation fuel tank isolation valve for hybrid electric vehicles


(BUSINESS WIRE)--Intelligent power management company Eaton today announced it has launched its next-generation fuel tank isolation valve (FTIV) for hybrid vehicles. The new FTIV® is easier to mount, 27% lighter, 39% smaller and contains 24% fewer components than its predecessor.

The gas engine in a hybrid vehicle does not operate continuously. As a result, hybrid fuel systems require special measures to address evaporative emissions that accumulate when the gas engine is not in operation.

“Pressure builds up in the gas tank when the vehicle is in electric mode, so that pressure has to be released. Also, when refueling you want to make sure the tank is depressurized to avoid spit back,” said Christy Roadknight, business unit director, Eaton’s Mobility Group. “Modern hybrids spend more time in electric mode so FTIV is now even more important.”

Eaton’s next generation FTIV comes at a time when hybrids are becoming a popular alternative to fully electric vehicles. As new hybrids come into the market, Eaton’s isolation valve can reduce packing challenges with its reduced dimensions.

Eaton engineers reduced the size of the FTIV by 39% by improving the magnetic force produced by the isolation valve while at the same time reducing the amount of copper. Additionally, the new FTIV is designed to be easier to mount in a variety of challenging tank configurations within the vehicle.

“We optimized the geometry on existing components and ensured the new and improved design maintained the reliability of our previous offering,” Roadknight said. “This market is expanding, and we have a 13-year history in this space.”

Eaton has agreements to supply its next-generation FTIV to two global automotive customers and has drawn interest from other manufacturers.

Learn more about Eaton’s fuel tank isolation valve.

Eaton is an intelligent power management company dedicated to protecting the environment and improving the quality of life for people everywhere. We make products for the data center, utility, industrial, commercial, machine building, residential, aerospace and mobility markets. We are guided by our commitment to do business right, to operate sustainably and to help our customers manage power ─ today and well into the future. By capitalizing on the global growth trends of electrification and digitalization, we’re accelerating the planet’s transition to renewable energy sources, helping to solve the world’s most urgent power management challenges, and building a more sustainable society for people today and generations to come.

Eaton was founded in 1911 and has been listed on the New York Stock Exchange for more than a century. We reported revenues of $23.2 billion in 2023 and serve customers in more than 160 countries. For more information, visit Follow us on LinkedIn.


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