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.
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
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