Delphi announced today that it has been awarded contracts worth more than $335 million to supply Delphi Freedom batteries, steering column modules, switches and electrical/electronic distribution (E/ED) systems to Renault.
The Delphi Freedom battery contracts are worth $22 million and support the current model Renault Megane II, Scenic II, and Clio. The E/ED systems contracts, valued at $281 million, are for the supply of the current Renault Clio, Twingo and Kangoo vehicles. The remaining contracts, valued at $33 million, will supply steering column modules and switches for future vehicles.
The Delphi Freedom Battery is a maintenance-free lead-calcium design available in top post, side terminal and dual terminal configurations. The wrought lead-calcium grid design is said to provide excellent current conductivity and resists damage from overcharging, heat, thermal runaway and vibration.
The Delphi Freedom battery supplies electrical energy for the accessories when the engine is not running and it supplies energy to the cranking motor and ignition system or glow plugs as the engine is started. The battery also intermittently supplies current for accessories when energy demand is greater than generator output and it acts as a voltage stabiliser in the electrical system.
‘We are particularly happy that Renault is pleased with our high-calibre engineering and the design support we can provide them,’ said Paul Miller, Delphi Packard Electric business line executive for E/ED systems. ‘Having Renault select us for our E/ED systems validates our quality, reliability and additional value we provide.’