In addition to the electronic components, Delphi will also provide wire harnesses, new seals and shielding and custom connections for individual vehicles. The benefits to the car makers are lower production and maintenance costs. Delphi has already been a key player in developing hybrid technologies, with over 70 patents issued since 2000 in power electronics and advanced energy systems.
One of Delphi’s major systems enable the electric motor to act not only as a motor but also a generator that can draw energy from the batteries to propel the vehicle. Other breakthroughs have been made in the battery packs and inverters that power auxiliary features.