Peterbilt to feature Maxwell ultracapacitor starting module

Peterbilt to feature Maxwell ultracapacitor starting module

System can increase start reliability, lower truck weights.

August 12, 2015

San Diego, California – Maxwell Technologies Inc., a developer and manufacturer of ultracapacitor-based energy storage products, has announced that Peterbilt Motors Co. is now offering Maxwell's ultracapacitor-powered engine start module (ESM) on new Model 579 and 567 trucks as a factory-installed option.

Maxwell's ESM improves starting reliability and increases payload. The ultracapacitor replaces one traditional battery – reducing weight by up to 60 lb – and is dedicated to starting the vehicle.

Maxwell's ESM gives truck operators assurance their engines will start reliably, 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.

Additionally, the ultracapacitor is not affected by hotel loads – lights, HVAC, television, and other in-cab or sleeper-powered devices – which can drain power during extended use.

"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," says Anthony Gansle, Peterbilt marketing manager of on-highway products. "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."

Dr. Franz Fink, CEO of Maxwell Technologies, says, "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. Now 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."

Source: Maxwell Technologies Inc.