Maxwell Technologies Inc., which develops and manufactures ultracapacitor-based energy storage products, said 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 enables fleets to give their drivers the superior starting reliability they demand while increasing payload. The ultracapacitor replaces one traditional battery — reducing weight by up to 60 pounds — and is dedicated to starting the vehicle. This means power is always available to start the vehicle, reducing unplanned downtime.
Maxwell’s field-proven ESM gives truck operators assurance their engines will start reliably, especially for operations with multiple starts and stops per day or that use the liftgate or other auxiliary battery-powered equipment while the truck is off. Additionally, the ultracapacitor isn’t affected by hotel loads, including lights, HVAC, television and other in-cab or sleeper-powered devices that can drain power during extended use.
Anthony Gansle, Peterbilt marketing manager for on-highway products, said, “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.”
Maxwell’s ESM uses ultracapacitor technology to improve the performance of engine cranking, helping heavy-duty engines to reliably start in temperatures ranging from minus-40 degrees to plus-149 degrees Fahrenheit with Maxwell’s ESM installed.