Delco Electronics: A Rich History of Innovation for the Automobile

The company’s history of innovation runs still deeper. In 1911, Kettering invented the first viable electric starter, derived from a cash register motor, which were used by Cadillac in 1912. In 1915, he invented the Delco-Light, a portable internal combustion power and light generator intended for those without access to the electrical grid system. In 1918, General Motors acquired United Motors Company which contained Delco, among other manufacturers. In 1985, GM merged Delco Electronics with Hughes Aircraft to form Hughes Electronics Corporation as an independent subsidiary. In 1930, Delco developed the Cold Carburetion System, an auto carburetion system functioning as both a standard carburetor and a fuel injection system. In 1956, the company invented a transistorized hybrid signal-seeking car radio using both vacuum tubes and transistors in its circuitry.

In the 1970s, Delco began major activities into automotive electronics and produced the first dashboard car radios. In 1997, GM went through a major reorganization and Delco’s businesses were split amongst different entities, including Raytheon, DirecTV, and GM’s Delphi Automotive. Although no longer an independently operating company, Delphi continued the use of Delco’s branding name and it currently remains as ACDelco, an automotive parts brand. ACDelco offers an extensive range of parts for automobile applications including: batteries, filters, spark plugs, brakes, air conditioning, alternators & starters, shocks & struts, and much more. ASAP Semiconductor, through its proprietary website Just Connectors, is a comprehensive procurement resource devoted to connectors. Explore variety of Delco connector parts and components for use in various applications that will suit your needs. Please contact us today at if you have a demand for any of these connector parts or call us toll free at (714) 705 4780 and one of our knowledgeable sales person will assist you. Delco Electronics Corporation was founded in 1909 by Charles Kettering and Edward A. Deeds in Dayton, Ohio. In his garage, Kettering developed the first inductive discharge, high-energy spark ignition system on a vehicle he was building himself. In 1909, over 5,000 of these ignition sets were sold to Cadillac and thus was born the Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company (Delco).Eventually the Kettering/Delco ignition system became the predominant ignition system for automobile, truck, and early aircraft engines, until the 1960s with the invention of the electronic capacitor discharge ignition.


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