Maxwell’s Engine Start Module is Now Available through PACCAR Dealer Network
July 27, 2015 | Jeff Brakley, Senior Business Portfolio Manager – Truck
I’m pleased to announce that Maxwell has signed a direct distribution agreement with PACCAR, a manufacturer of medium- and heavy-duty trucks and a Fortune 500 company, for the Engine Start Module (ESM). PACCAR will distribute both models of our 12-volt ESM—the ULTRA 31/900 and ULTRA 31/1800. All Kenworth and Peterbilt dealers will offer our ESM as an aftermarket part, providing owners of Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks with full availability, coverage and support of the ESM by all 685 PACCAR dealerships.
This partnership is truly unique because PACCAR is the first original equipment manufacturer to sign directly with Maxwell for distribution of the ESM through its new truck dealers. The Maxwell ESM is the only ultracapacitor-based engine starting solution distributed by PACCAR.
Drivers can rely on the ESM for reliable starts. The ESM effectively eliminates jump-starts and reduces idling time. The ESM is an effective, cost-competitive starting solution for the truck owner.
Through this partnership, we will be able to fill the market need for fleet owners and owner/operators of Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks who are now able to have the ESM installed and serviced directly by the dealer from whom the truck was purchased. Also, any Kenworth or Peterbilt owner can have an ESM installed or serviced by any PACCAR dealer.
PACCAR is a leading distributor in the trucking industry and we’re pleased to have them as a partner.
Kenworth also recently announced that the ESM will be offered as a factory-installed option on new Kenworth T680 and T880 trucks. Kenworth dealers have offered the ESM as an aftermarket solution since 2011. Kenworth is the first OEM to offer Maxwell’s ESM as a factory-installed option.
Maxwell is pleased to work with these businesses to address the growing demand for reliable truck engine starting and provide drivers across the United States with technology that improves truck performance and reliability.
Senior Business Portfolio Manager – Truck
About this author
Jeff Brakley is Senior Business Portfolio Manager for Maxwell’s truck unit and has contributed to the development of the Engine Start Module (ESM) from its inception. He is a member of SAE International and an Associate Corporate member of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC). Jeff serves on the S.1 Electrical & Instruments Task Force, and recently contributed to the SAE J3053 Task Force to develop the Heavy Duty Truck Electrical Circuit Performance Requirement for 12/24 Volt Electric Start Motors Recommended Practice.
Throughout his 30-year career, Jeff has held both engineering management and program management positions for several leading national defense contractors and commercial companies, including General Dynamics, Martin Marietta, L3 Communications and Ametek Programmable Power. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in engineering from Purdue University and an MBA in technology management from the University of Phoenix.
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