"Packardtimeline.com is dedicated to preserving the rich history of the Packard legacy, which includes over 125 years of innovation. The Packard Electric company, which was founded in 1890 (and later the automotive company in 1899) are the foundation around which this legacy is built. This legacy of innovation continues to this day with the global automotive supplier: Delphi (of which Packard is a division). Packardtimeline.com's mission is to preserve and honor the past, present, and future achievements and innovations of Packard. Delphi, in conjunction with the National Packard Museum, has begun the journey to tell that legacy in the comprehensive story presented here. We invite you to join us in that journey, and help create, inspire, and innovate for another 125 years."

-National Packard Museum


A vehicle’s electrical/electronic system is implemented and defined by its architecture, and over the last 20 years, the amount of wiring and cable in vehicles has more than doubled.

By 2013, there are more than 2 million full or partial electrically powered vehicles in the world, and the need for greater safety, efficiency, and connectivity is becoming apparent. Leading the charge for this revolution is an auto part manufacturer with roots in electrification that extend more than 125 years: Packard Electric.

With developments like in-vehicle wireless device charging, whole-vehicle wireless charging, aluminum cable, connected infotainment systems, and autonomous driving, Packard is poised for another 125 years of innovation.


With the purchase of MVL, Delphi Packard continued to push forward in both growth and innovation, propelled by electrification and an ever-increasing volume of vehicle content. In 2013, the global market for electric vehicles resembled the auto industry of 100 years ago, with fewer than 3 million vehicles produced in total, but much like it was a century ago, that trend was set for change.

In the U.S. alone, fuel economy regulations were set to increase to 54.5 MPG by 2025, forcing a need to lighter, more fuel efficient cars. Packard innovations like aluminum cable, which reduce weight, in combination with Hybrid Vehicles like the Chevy Volt help to attain this standard. Vehicle demands not only encompassed efficiency, but connectivity as well. In 2014, Packard acquired automotive technology innovator ‘Unwired Technology’, a developer of automotive media connectivity. These connectivity products provide two-way data connections between smartphones and tablets and in-car infotainment systems, allowing consumers to safely access content in the vehicle. These media connectivity modules can handle multiple devices, provide high-speed charging capabilities and enable seamless access to content through emerging infotainment software solutions.

Connected vehicles with infotainment capabilities not only require integration, but power as well. Packard innovations in wireless device charging help supply this power, while still allowing passengers the freedom they desire.

This wireless device charging is no longer limited to small scale internal vehicle systems, as Packard innovation in wireless vehicle charging is paving the way for whole vehicle charging as well.

Flawless High-Voltage internal electrical systems are at the core of this electrical architecture, and powered by none other than Automotive News PACE award winning Packard technology such as the ErgoMate connector.

As the need for safer, greener, and more connected automobiles continues to increase at an exponential rate, it only takes one look at the history of Packard to see where the roots of innovation began, and where they continue to grow to this day. In April of 2015, a Delphi Autonomous Vehicle did something no other car had ever done by completing a 3,500 mile journey from San Francisco to New York using a combination of long and short range radars, vision-based cameras, and software algorithms. 112 years prior, the Packard Model F nicknamed the Old Pacific had completed the same journey, setting an endurance record for time and distance. Both cars are truly a testament to Excellence and the continued spirit of Packard Electric.




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The National Packard Museum's Mission is to preserve the Packard Legacy, to recognize Packard's influence on transportation and industrial history, and to educate current and future generations. The museum carries out that mission through the operation of a world-class facility that collects, preserves, and exhibits a collection of automobiles, artifacts, and documents and hosts a variety of educational programs and special events "to ensure the Packard Legacy endures."

The National Packard Museum opened at its permanent location on July 4, 1999. The 7,500 square foot facility is located next to the W.D. Packard Music Hall and Packard Park in Warren, Ohio's historic district. The museum houses a rotating display of original and restored Packard automobiles as well as original documents, photographs, artifacts, and interpretive materials that chronicle the illustrious history of the Packard family, the Packard Motor Car Company, and the Packard Electric Company.

If you would like to support the museum, please visit in person at:

1899 Mahoning Ave N.W.
Warren, Ohio 44483

Telephone: (330) 394-1899

Or visit: www.packardmuseum.org

The Packard Cablegram was an internal news publication that ran from 1927 to 1991. Over 5000 pages of this history have been scanned with Optical Character Recognition and Indexed by the Packardtimeline.com Search Engine. To explore this history, try searching for friends, parents, relatives, coworkers, or maybe even yourself!

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