Delco Electronics Corporation
was the automotive electronics
design and manufacturing subsidiary of General Motors
based in Kokomo, Indiana
The name Delco
came from the D
., founded in Dayton, Ohio
by Charles Kettering
and Edward A. Deeds
in 1909.Sloan, Alfred P. My Years With General Motors
Delco was responsible for several innovations in automobile electric systems, including the first reliable battery ignition system
and the first practical automobile self starter
Initially Kettering and Deeds were co-workers at National Cash Register Company
(NCR). Kettering and Deeds had a lifelong professional relationship and friendship.
In 1904, Deeds hired Kettering at NCR to motorize the cash register.
Around 1908, Deeds asked for help with a car he was building from a kit. Working in one of Deeds' barns with spare-time help from William A. Chryst
and other NCR friends, Kettering developed a high-energy spark ignition system to replace the weak-spark model supplied with the kit. Leaving NCR in 1909, Kettering focused on final development of this ignition set
and demonstrations were favorably received. In 1909, when Henry Leland
ordered 5,000 ignition sets, Deeds and Kettering formed the Dayton Engineering Laboratories company. The ignition system was introduced on the 1910 Cadillac.
In 1911, Kettering invented and filed for for the... Read More