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Eaton power distribution technology chosen for new electric vehicle platform

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David Sickels is the Associate Editor of Tire Review and Fleet Equipment magazines. He has a history of working in the media, marketing and automotive industries in both print and online.

Eaton announced that its eMobility business has secured a contract to supply power distribution units (PDUs) and Bussmann series fuses to a global vehicle manufacturer for use in a new battery electric light-duty commercial vehicle.

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Eaton says the PDUs are scalable in design in order to be applied to a range of future vehicles within the portfolio.

PDUs, also known as junction boxes or fuse boxes, connect the main battery power to the rest of the vehicle, similar to how a home service panel connects the main power source to each of the branch circuits in the house. While distributing power through the vehicle, the PDUs deliver a safety function by providing circuit protection.

Eaton says its PDUs have a unique design regarding access to the box to ensure safe repair and service. Additionally, Eaton units feature a test port that allows for an electrical meter to be used as a probe to contact miniature circuit boards that signal if the unit is still charged, preventing the technician from contacting high voltage, the company says.

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