Eaton’s eMobility Division Secures $600K Michigan Grant, Bolsters EV R&D and Job Creation

Eaton’s eMobility business secures a significant grant from the State of Michigan, accelerating EV capabilities, expanding testing facilities, and creating high-wage jobs in the state.

What’s Happening

Eaton, a leading intelligent power management firm, confirmed today that its eMobility division has clinched a $600,000 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s “Jobs Ready Michigan Program.” The funds will be allocated to the enhancement of Eaton’s Marshall, Southfield, and Canton, Michigan campuses, focusing on the expansion of research, development, and testing of electrified vehicle (EV) solutions.

Why It Matters

Mark Schneider, president of Eaton’s eMobility business, emphasized the significance of the grant, stating it would help accelerate their plans to broaden eMobility competencies within Michigan. He also noted that Michigan’s selection for the project over other sites in the U.S. and globally underscores the state’s crucial role in the automotive industry’s future.

Key Points

Eaton has strategized the grant usage to increase its Marshall facility, incorporating a new lab designed for development, environmental validation, and durability testing of diverse EV components. This includes battery protection systems, inverters, converters, power distribution systems, power electronics, terminals, and connectors.

Furthermore, Eaton is set to create 100 high-paying jobs in Michigan, concentrating on electrification research. The roles will comprise a combination of new recruits and legacy employees transitioning to work on EVs across Michigan.

Bottom Line

The investment in Eaton’s eMobility division signifies a long-term commitment to Michigan, extending beyond the immediate plans. Eaton is contemplating further growth and investment opportunities in Michigan, such as adding a proving grounds test space for autonomous and electric vehicle testing, enhancing test equipment for the ePowertrain business, increasing on-site charging stations, and implementing solar farms.

As an intelligent power management company, Eaton is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and protecting the environment. Through capitalizing on global growth trends in electrification and digitalization, Eaton is actively contributing to the planet’s transition to renewable energy and resolving urgent power management challenges.


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