Advances from Valeo
Nowadays, leading suppliers must do a whole lot more than,
well, supply. They must develop compelling technology that
OEMs want to buy, and then they can supply it. Which brings
us to Valeo Group (valeo.com), a France-based supplier
that was established in 1923 and now has 124 production
sites, 16 research centers, 35 development centers and
some 74,800 people located in 29 different countries.
Here’s a look of some of its recent developments, some
ready for deployment and others, well . . .
ECONOMICAL HYBRID TECH. Let’s face it: hybrid vehicles are more expensive than non-hybrids for the simple reason that there are essentially two major systems involved: the internal combustion engine and the electric motor (and the associated batteries, power electronics, etc.). So Valeo has worked on a new system that it maintains will provide a 15% fuel savings at half the cost of current hybrid systems, thereby making it more affordable, even for entry-level cars. They cleverly call it “Hybrid4All.”