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Tier 1 Auto Supplier Tests Hybrid Systems Using Simulation
11/6/2012

Lear Corp.'s smart junction box.
Lear Corp.'s smart junction box.

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Rob Spiegel
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Re: Using simulation is good
Rob Spiegel   11/6/2012 6:04:37 PM
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Yes, this story was surprising to me, Chuck. I didn't realize how much of the hybrid and EV technology IP is not owned by the OEMs. I can understand the financial and technical benefits of shifting electrical power system development to suppliers, but it's odd to think of the OEMs not owning the technology in their cars.

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Charles Murray   11/6/2012 5:58:27 PM
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I agree that the plug-in hybrid market will be slower in developing, naperlou. Vehicles such as the Volt have bigger batteries (although not nearly as big as those of pure EVs) and cost will be a bigger issue for those vehicles for awhile. We will see faster growth in mild hybrids and micro-hybrids that use start-stop technology, however.  

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Charles Murray   11/6/2012 5:55:31 PM
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Interesting story, Rob. This is going to be a big area for tier-one suppliers because the electrical architectures in hybrids are so much different than those of our more conventional gas-burning vehicles. Many of the hybrids have high power architectures of 360V or more.   

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Rob Spiegel   11/6/2012 10:48:36 AM
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Good point, Naperlou. I think Lear is in this for the long run. They are developing significant IP in this territory. With much of the hybrid and EV technology, suppliers like Lear may own more of the IP than their OEM customers.

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naperlou   11/6/2012 10:08:56 AM
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Rob, it is interesting to see that suppliers are using CAE.  This is not an environment where the customer just buys parts off the shelf from a number of suppliers and integrates them together. 

While Lear may be upbeat about hybrids, I think that the market will be slow in developing. 

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