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Eaton Supplies Supercharger on Award-Winning Volvo T6 Drive-E Engine

May 12, 2015
By Business Wire News


Power management company Eaton is supplying its twin-vortices supercharger on the award-winning Volvo T6 Drive-E engine that recently earned the coveted Engine of the Year award from Digital Trends, a leading consumer technology publisher.

Volvo’s T6 Drive-E powertrain is a 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder, direct-injection engine that combines an Eaton TVS R-410 supercharger with a turbocharger. The supercharger helps the T6 Drive-E perform like a higher displacement engine producing 302 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque, while maintaining exceptional fuel economy and lower emissions. It is available in the S60 sport sedan and XC60 sport-utility vehicle, and will be available on the all-new XC90 luxury sport-utility vehicle later this year.

“We are very pleased for Volvo and are proud to be a part of their success in winning this award,” said Carlo Ghirardo, vice president and general manager, Engine Air Management, Eaton. “Our TVS supercharger, in combination with a turbocharger, is the primary technology that allows the 4-cylinder T6 engine to perform like a higher-displacement engine, while offering the fuel economy and lower emissions of a smaller engine.”

The engine management electronic control unit (ECU) can engage and disengage the supercharger on the engine using an integrated clutch. This feature supports improved fuel efficiency without compromising other benefits of the supercharger, including vehicle responsiveness and low-rev torque.

Nick Jaynes, automotive editor, Digital Trends, said: “Volvo should be applauded for the design of its Drive-E engine family, and especially the T6 with its 6-cylinder levels of horsepower and emissions and fuel economy of something smaller.”

Judged by Digital Trends editors, the 2015 Engine of the Year award takes into account in-car reviews, test analysis and internal discussions. The Volvo T6 Drive-E outscored two other semi-finalists to win the prestigious award.

Eaton is a power management company with 2014 sales of $22.6 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 102,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit

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