Ecostar Supplies the 42V DC/DC Converter For the PPG Sungate Windshield System

Company to high efficiency 14V/42V DC/DC converter to PPG.

Published: 12-Jan-2001

DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Ecostar Electric Powertrain and Power Conversion Systems announced today that they are supplying their high efficiency 14V/42V DC/DC converter to PPG for their Sungate WeatherMaster windshield system being shown by invitation at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The PPG Sungate WeatherMaster windshield system provides vehicle operators with the year-round benefits of infrared energy reflection combined with the convenience of automatic deicing and defogging during winter months.

Originally developed in preparation for industry conversion to 42 volt vehicle power systems, the windshield now performs through the use of an Ecostar high-efficiency 14 to 42 volt DC/DC power converter. The Ecostar DC/DC converter boosts the voltage to the windshield from the standard automotive 14 volts to 42 volts for efficient, effective operation. Ecostar's DC/DC converter incorporates a compact design, high efficiency, designed-in over/under voltage protection and low cost.

"By using the Ecostar 42 volt DC/DC converter, we can demonstrate the advantages of the Sungate WeatherMaster windshield in vehicles with conventional 14 volt electrical systems," says Peter Dishart, PPG Automotive Glass OEM Market Manager. "We have been impressed by the performance of the Sungate WeatherMaster windshield and are excited at the potential of supplying production volumes of our 42 volt DC/DC converter in the near term," says Ross Witschonke, President and CEO of Ecostar. The PPG Sungate WeatherMaster windshield is expected to be one of the first production systems utilizing 42 volts on a production vehicle.

Ecostar is the world's leading supplier of complete powertrain systems for electric vehicles. Their products drive some of the world's most advanced battery and fuel cell vehicles. Ecostar is also a world leader in the design and development of power conversion systems for vehicle and stationary power applications.

Ecostar was formed in 1998 and is part of the Fuel Cell Alliance formed between Ford Motor Company, DaimlerChrysler and Ballard Power Systems. Ecostar is the primary development center for the Alliance's power electronics and electric powertrains. Headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, Ecostar also has offices in Germany and Canada.

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