PARIS – French supplier Valeo SA says it will begin supplying a 14-volt electronic camless valve actuator for use on a 4-cyl. gasoline engine in 2009, promising reduced fuel consumption and lower emissions. The project puts the company near the front of a field where it was not even a participant until March 1. Many competitive ideas for camless valve operation, including a project by SiemensVDO Automotive AG and BMW AG, require 42-volt systems, although any widespread switch away from ...

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