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Saturday, 2 October, 2010 0:44 AM

Delphi CEO announces new charging pad for electric vehicles

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Delphi Corporation President and CEO Rodney O'Neal addresses the Detroit Economic Club on Sept. 29, 2010.

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

BIRMINGHAM, Mich. -- Delphi Corporation President and CEO Rodney O'Neal announced the company's first-ever charging pad for electric vehicles. He made the announcement at a Detroit Economic Club meeting on Wednesday inside the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. O'Neal's speech was titled "Realities and Relevancy." He offered a three-step plan that will allow struggling companies to turnaround and become profitable again. After all, it was O'Neal who was led Delphi's transformation story.

O'Neal earned Bachelor's degree from Kettering University and a Master's degree from Stanford University. He serves on the board of directors for the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and for Sprint. In 1976, he held a few manufacturing and engineering positions for General Motors in Dayton, Portugal and Canada. By 1992, he was named director of manufacturing for Delphi. In 2005, he was named president and CEO of Delphi Corporation.

"Consumers want to be safe, be green and be connected to their world," the Delphi President and CEO said. "Vehicle electrification is well underway. Our portable electric vehicle charger will wirelessly charge electric vehicles. Drive over a pad, you can recharge without cords or connectors. We're pretty excited about it. There's not a lot of charging stations around. I'm confident in our ability to execute. Electric vehicles are an exciting technology."

Delphi has partnered with WiTricity Corp. to build automatic wireless charging products for electric and hybrid vehicles. The new charging system would not come with any plugs or cords. Motorists would simply park their electric or hybrid vehicle on top of a wireless energy source that sits on the garage floor. It can also be embedded into a paved parking spot. The system will automatically transfer power to the battery charger on the vehicle.

WiTricity CEO Eric Giler said the wireless system can transfer over 3,300 watts, which is enough to fully charge an electric vehicle at the same rate as residential plug-in chargers. This type of technology is required in order for drivers of electric vehicles to be able to drive long distances from their home.

"Charging an electric car should be as easy as parking it in your garage or parking spot," Giler said in a press release. "WiTricity's high efficiency wireless energy transfer technology is ideally suited for electric vehicle charging, and our partnership with Delphi will help to quickly get this technology deployed in OEM [original equipment manufacturer] vehicles and infrastructure projects worldwide."

Delphi also manufacturers a portable electric vehicle charger that can fit in the trunk of an electric vehicle. The UL-listed charging system can be plugged into any standard 120-volt outlet to enable safe electric vehicle battery charging on the road or at home.

O'Neal said struggling companies should follow this three-step plan: globalization is not going away, focus on product development and accelerate.

"Emerging markets will play a key role," he said. "Brazil is a leader in interchangeable and reusable fuels. China is the second largest market for luxury vehicles. Companies need to protect your market here by being relevant. Relevant companies and communities can survive recessions. Restructuring, rightsizing and a recession are not a recipe for long-term success."

The Delphi President and CEO developed the "NorthStar" plan to turn the company around. O'Neal said he spent most of 2005 executing the plan because the company's stockholders couldn't agree on what action to take due to enormous legacy costs. The president and CEO said the supplier streamlined its product lines down to five. "Delphi's Back!" O'Neal happily announced.

The Detroit Economic Club will host both candidates for Michigan Governor, Rick Snyder (R) and Virg Bernero (D) on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010 at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in downtown Detroit. Tickets are $75 for DEC members, $55 for guests of DEC members and $75 for non-members.

For more information on the Detroit Economic Club, visit www.econclub.org.

 

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Detroit Economic Club President and CEO Beth Chappell chats with Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land before the start of the meeting.

 

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Rodney O'Neal chats with Presiding Officer Stephanie Bergeron before the start of the meeting.

 

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Chappell welcomes everyone to the meeting at the Townsend Hotel.

 

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Question-and-answer session with Delphi CEO Rodney O'Neal.

 

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Chappell thanks everyone for attending.

 

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