Taipei, Taiwan – Taiwan-based Delta Electronics is testing its own gasoline-electric hybrid propulsion system, the first developed entirely by a Taiwanese electronics company.

Rather than entering the automobile electronics sector through on-board IT devices like other electronics companies, Delta said it has successfully integrated existing automation, motor, servo-motor and electrical electronics technologies into its own system. The design, which has been installed in a test vehicle, includes batteries, power inverter, power control unit, traction motor, and vehicle control unit.

“At Delta Electronics, our business philosophy is based on caring for the environment, saving energy and taking care of our green earth,” said Yancey Hai, Delta vice-chairman and CEO. “Carbon emission reduction is an important goal for our products. As supplies of fossil fuels dry up, the energy crisis makes the development of alternative energy sources the most important issue facing us today…As Delta Electronics has always been a leading provider of power management and automation solutions, this gives us an advantage when it comes to the design and manufacturing of electric propulsion systems.”

The test vehicle is based on a German vehicle chassis, with its original gasoline engine and transmission removed. The gasoline engine in the Delta system is not used for propulsion, and is only run to charge the lithium-ion batteries. Depending on road and traffic conditions, each litre of gasoline used by the engine is sufficient to generate enough power to travel 20 to 30 kilometres, about half to one-third of what a car running on a conventional gasoline engine can achieve.

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