Maxwell Technologies, Inc. is supplying ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Modules (ESM) (earlier post) to Idle Free Systems, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of anti-idling solutions for the trucking industry, to provide cranking power for a new anti-idling system into vocational markets across North America to include snow plow, utility, delivery and other work trucks.
Designed specifically for the day cab or work truck market, the Work Truck No Idle Heat System from Idle Free Systems provides up to eight hours of interior cab heat with the truck engine turned off, eliminating unnecessary workday idling. The system uses a coolant heater to provide engine heat and interior cab heat, and provides 12-volt electrical power for work truck functions, such as running lights or communication systems. A Maxwell ESM is integrated into the system to ensure reliable starting if the truck batteries don’t have enough cranking power to start the engine.
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 (19 kg). The ESM delivers the quick-burst power large diesel engines need to crank in extreme weather, down to -40 degrees Fahrenheit (-40 °C).
|Maxwell ESM. Click to enlarge.|
The Idle Free over-the-road APU can be powered three ways: an independent battery bank, Shorepower and Reefer Link, Idle Free's proprietary, patented technology run by the reefer.