Maxwell Technologies launches new engine starter module

Ultracapacitor-based system offers cold-cranking for medium-duty work trucks.

March 7, 2014

Indianapolis, Ind. – Maxwell Technologies unveiled a new line of ultracapacitor-based engine start modules (ESM) for medium-duty trucks at the NTEA’s Work Truck Show 2014.

Maxwell says the new ESM lines will offer smaller trucks the advantages the company had been offering to large tractor trailers. The new ESM ULTRA 31/900 provides:

  • 900 cold cranking amperes, or a three-second crank
  • Reliable starting for diesel engines up to 9.9L at temperatures -40°C to 65°C (-40°F to 149°F)
  • Low maintenance operation and life-of-the-vehicle reliability
  • Industry standard Group 31 battery form factor for easy integration with battery systems
  • Built-in quick charging system (15 minutes or less)

Maxwell's ESM ULTRA 31/900 assumes the starting responsibility for the truck and effectively eliminates cranking problems that come from weak or discharged batteries.

"In order to maximize on-time service and deliveries, fleet owners need their medium duty trucks to perform reliably in any conditions," says Jeremy Cowperthwaite, vice president and general manager of Maxwell's Engine Starting Group. "Maxwell's ultracapacitor-based ESM starting solutions are the best options in the market for ensuring engine start reliability while also lowering the overall cost of operations."

The ESM ULTRA 31/900 is a no-acid, lead-free energy storage solution that weighs less than one-fourth of the Group 31 lead-acid battery it replaces.

Source: Maxwell Technologies