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.
“The ESM’s ultracapacitor technology gives fleet owners and drivers peace of mind, assuring engine starts in arctic and hot temperatures while reducing vehicle weight by up to 60 pounds,” the company says.
The ultracapacitor ESM replaces one traditional battery – reducing weight by as much as 60 pounds. It is dedicated to starting the vehicle: “This means power is always available to start the vehicle, reducing unplanned downtime,” Maxwell says, “especially for operations with multiple starts and stops per day or that use the lift gate or other auxiliary battery-powered equipment while the truck is off.
‘Ready to Move When They Need to Move’
“Superior uptime and reliability are two advantages our customers expect from Peterbilt, and this new technology is one way to help bring those to even greater levels,” Anthony Gansle, Peterbilt marketing manager for on-highway products, says in Maxwell’s announcement.
“Our aerodynamic Model 579 and vocational Model 567 equipped with the Maxwell ESM will provide customers with greater confidence that their vehicles will be ready to move when they need to move,” Gansle said.
Aftermarket Via Vipar
“Expanding our Engine Start Module’s availability in North America is an ongoing goal, and our relationship with Peterbilt is the next step in meeting the demands of our customers in the United States and Canada,” said Maxwell CEO Franz Fink.
“More fleet owners and operators will be able to benefit from the reliable performance of the ESM in providing starting assurance for on-time deliveries and improved uptime.”
The Maxwell ESM is also available as an option on the Kenworth T680 and T880 trucks, and as an aftermarket product via Vipar Heavy Duty (F&F, June 23).
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