PACE Awards
Heated-tip start system
Company: Delphi Automotive
What: Heated ethanol solves cold-start hassles
Innovation: In Brazil, ethanol fuel does not always vaporize well, which is necessary for cold-weather starts. So automakers install expensive backup gasoline fuel systems. But the gasoline can sit for months and degrade. Delphi developed a fuel injector that rapidly heats ethanol, eliminating the need for the gasoline backup system.
First Customer: JAC Motors, 2013Web site: