Maxwell to provide ultracapacitors for anti-idling equipment

Idle Free Systems to use the power devices for diesel startup power in work trucks

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February 12, 2014

San Diego, Calif. – Maxwell Technologies Inc. will supply ultracapacitor-based engine start modules (ESM) to Idle Free Systems Inc., a company that makes anti-idling systems for the trucking industry. The ESMs will provide cranking power for a new anti-idling system designed for snow plows, utility vehicles, delivery trucks, and other work vehicles.

Designed for the day cab or work truck market, Idle Free System’s Work Truck No Idle Heat System provides up to eight hours of interior cab heat with the truck engine turned off. The system uses a coolant heater to provide warmth for the engine interior cab heat, and provides 12V electrical power for work truck functions, such as running lights and communication systems.

Maxwell ESMs integrated into the system will ensure reliable starting if the truck batteries don't have enough cranking power to start the engine.

"This no idle system saves fuel and reduces emissions and maintenance expense associated with unnecessary idling," says Robert Hopton, CEO of Idle Free Systems. "Operators can run their heat, lights, and communications devices without idling their trucks."

The Maxwell ESM fits into any truck battery box that has more than one industry standard group 31 battery. Replacing one battery with an ESM reduces the overall weight of the truck by approximately 42 pounds. The ESM delivers the quick-burst power large diesel engines need to crank in extreme weather, down to -40°F.

"For truck drivers who work in freezing weather, run sleeper loads on batteries, or sit in line at weigh stations with anti-idle laws, the limitations of batteries for cranking power are all-too familiar," says Jeremy Cowperthwaite, vice president and general manager of Maxwell's Engine Start Group. "The fuel savings realized through idle elimination and reduction of jump starts typically provides a return on investment in less than a year."

Source: Maxwell Technologies