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Maxwell Ultracaps For Truck Starting

June 7, 2016 in ultracapacitors by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New White Paper Extols the Advantages over Batteries

Maxwell Technologies has issued a new white paper enumerating the advantages of using its ultracapacitor-based ESM/engine start module to improve the operational reliability of trucks.

Maxwell Technolgies ultracapacitor-based 'Start Strong' ESM module

Maxwell Technolgies ultracapacitor-based ESM module

The company’s ultracap ESM, Maxwell says,

  • provides burst power to start the engine, regardless of the charge state of the batteries, ensuring that batteries are left free to power other loads;
  • increases the output voltage as temperatures get colder, ensuring successful cold-weather starts and preventing drivers from being stranded after lengthy engine shutdowns;
  • is resilient in hot temperatures;
  • ensures drivers can reliably shut off the engine for long periods of time without worrying about being able to restart the engine, helping drivers to comply with anti-idle laws and avoid excessive fuel consumption due to idling;
  • enables drivers to confidently shut off and re-start the engine as many times as needed throughout the day without risking that the alternator will not be able to sufficiently charge the batteries to keep up with starting demands;
  • provides hundreds of thousands of start cycles during its lifetime, compared to thousands of start cycles for batteries;
  • provides longer product life than lead-acid batteries;
  • recharges in minutes after a successful engine start; and
  • reduces tare weight (up to 120 pounds) by replacing one or more 
heavier batteries
Lots of advantages...

Lots of advantages…

Max ell notes too that unlike batteries, its ESM increases output voltage as temperatures drop.

The Maxwell ESM is available as a factory-installed option on new trucks by such OEMs as Kenworth and Peterbilt (F&F, August 10, 2015).

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Source: Maxwell Technologies with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Maxwell Ultracaps for Cadillac ATS, CTS

September 15, 2015 in Companies, Hybrids, ultracapacitors by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

GM Is ‘First U.S. Automotive OEM to Adopt Ultracapacitors for Start-Stop’

General Motors will ship 2016 Cadillac ATS and CTS sedans and ATS coupes with a Maxwell Technologies ultracapacitor start-stop system as standard, Maxwell said today. The Maxwell ultracaps power VSS/voltage stabilization systems by Continental Automotive.

Maxwell ESM for Factory Peterbilts

August 10, 2015 in batteries, ultracapacitors by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ultracapacitor Unit as Factory-Installed Option on 579 and 567 Trucks:
‘Peace of Mind, Assuring Engine Starts in Arctic and Hot Temperatures’

Maxwell Technologies said Monday that its ultracapacitor-powered Engine Start Module is being made available as a factory-installed option on new Peterbilt Model 579 and 567 trucks.

Maxwell ESM via Vipar Heavy Duty

June 23, 2015 in ultracapacitors by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Two-Year Deal for Ultracap-Based Engine Start Module for Trucks

San Diego-based Maxwell Technologies has entered into a two-year agreement with Vipar Heavy Duty to distribute Maxwell’s Engine Start Module.

Maxwell ESM for Engine Starts

March 22, 2013 in ultracapacitors by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ultracapacitor Device Boosts Performance, Saves Batteries

Maxwell Technologies is promoting its ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module for the second year running at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, and says that the product is gaining sure momentum, as more than 1,500 have been manufactured.

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