|FLINT, Mich. - Delphi Automotive Systems and Orbital Engine
Corporation announced they have entered into a co-development agreement to jointly develop
a new gasoline direct-injection technology for automotive engines.
The companies will
focus joint development on a spark plug injector that integrates the spark plug and fuel
injector into a single device. The technology will have the benefits of low-emission,
fuel-efficient direct fuel injection without the costs associated with a significant
re-design of the engine.
Dr. Jean Botti, director of Delphi Energy & Chassis Systems' Customer Solution
Center, said, "This exciting new technology will further enhance our leadership in
supplying innovative environmentally responsive technologies to the automotive industry.
It has the capability to produce significant efficiency improvements while requiring only
minor changes to the engines on the road today."
Orbital CEO Kim Schlunke said, "The spark plug injector has been developed by
Orbital and will now be refined for commercial application in conjunction with Delphi.
It's an extension to our core direct fuel-injection activities and will leverage off the
supply infrastructure we have already put in place through our joint venture with Siemens
Automotive, Synerject. This agreement is an acknowledgement of the technology's
outstanding commercial potential."
The spark plug injector uses the proprietary air-assisted, direct fuel-injection system
developed by Orbital. Delphi brings its expertise in ignition systems, fuel systems and
overall vehicle subsystem integration, along with its proven record in commercial
application of new automotive technologies to the joint activity. Delphi's primary role is
the design and development of the electrical and spark plug features along with component
integration, while Orbital's primary role is the design and development of the air
injector and combustion system. This direct-injection fuel system will be applied more
easily to future engines because of its unique packaging. It will require only one point
of access to the combustion chamber for both fuel and spark.
(April 13, 2000)