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7/13/2016 Three reasons truck batteries need backup support

There is another strategy that can keep a truck running and help achieve peace of mind on the road: complementing the primary power source with ultracapacitor technology.

6/17/2016 Ultracapacitors, starting technology addressed in new white paper

Maxwell Technologies has released a white paper addressing the engine starting technology available in the medium- and heavy-duty marketplace. The white paper is titled “How Ultracapacitors Improve Starting Reliability for Truck Fleets” and primarily focuses on the advantages of such technology in today’s industry.

6/7/2016 Maxwell Ultracaps For Truck Starting

New White Paper Extols the Advantages over Batteries Maxwell Technologies has issued a new white paper enumerating the advantages of using its ultracapacitor-based ESM/engine start module to improve the operational reliability of trucks.

4/4/2016 Engine start module options

Truck OEMs such as Peterbilt and Kenworth have recently made ultracapacitor engine start modules (ESM) available as a factory-installed option. The ultracapacitor replaces one traditional battery dedicated to starting the vehicle.

3/28/2016 How to test for a voltage drain

What’s the proper testing procedure to find the source of the voltage drain? Mark Burnside, senior product manager of engine starting products for Maxwell Technologies, explains.

3/28/2016 Low voltage lowdown: Dealing with growing electrical load demands

With the massive amount of electrical demand placed on today’s trucks, the dangers of low voltage demands are a real consequence faced by today’s fleets. The entire start and charge process of the truck’s electrical system is impacted by low voltage situations. You’ll see the effect in lift gates, electric APUs, hotel devices or any component placing an electrical load on the truck’s batteries.

12/23/2015 Spec’ing Charging, Starting and Battery Systems

If you haven’t spec’d a truck in the past few years, you might be surprised by how much the truck’s electrical needs have changed. There are more sources of current draw onboard now, and you might need a beefier starting and charging system than you realize.

8/21/2015 Kenworth charge start system now in production

Kenworth announced it has introduced into production advanced technology to enhance protection against battery drainage and a new inverter/charger option for easier battery recharging while parked.

8/21/2015 Kenworth Rolls Out New Features on T680, T880 Models

Kenworth Truck Co. announced new fuel-efficiency features on its T680 and T880 models, including predictive cruise control and a virtual tool to coach and assist drivers.

8/21/2015 KW Offers Maxwell Engine Start Module

Kenworth says it has begun producing trucks with an available engine advanced starting and battery charging system. The ultracapacitor-based Maxwell Engine Start Module (ESM) is a factory-installed option for new Kenworth T680s and T880s. The module provides dedicated power to start the truck and frees the truck’s standard batteries to focus on powering lights and accessories used by drivers.

8/21/2015 Kenworth Advanced Battery Charge Start System Now in Production

Kenworth is now producing advanced technology to enhance protection against battery drainage and a new inverter/charger option for easier battery recharging while parked.

8/21/2015 Advanced Starting System

The ultracapacitor-based Maxwell Engine Start Module (ESM) is a factory-installed option for new Kenworth T680s and T880s and Peterbilt Models 579 and 567. The module provides dedicated power to start the truck and frees the truck’s standard batteries to focus on powering accessory devices, such as a laptop, microwave, refrigerator and television electronics, in addition to the truck’s electronics and lights. The ESM is designed to start an engine in temperatures ranging from -40 C or F (they're equal at that point) to +65 C or 149 F, says Maxwell, even when the batteries have low voltage.

8/14/2015 Peterbilt offers Maxwell’s Engine Start Module

Maxwell Technologies announced that Peterbilt Motors Company is now offering Maxwell’s ultracapacitor-powered Engine Start Module (ESM) on new Model 579 and 567 trucks as a factory-installed option.

8/14/2015 Maxwell Technologies’ ultracapacitor-powered ESM now offered on Pete 579, 567

Maxwell Technologies Inc, a developer and manufacturer of ultracapacitor-based energy storage products, and Peterbilt Motors Company are now offering Maxwell’s ultracapacitor-powered engine start module (ESM) on new Model 579 and 567 trucks as a factory-installed option.

8/13/2015 Peterbilt now offers Maxwell’s Engine Start Module

Maxwell Technologies announced that Peterbilt Motors Company is now offering Maxwell’s ultracapacitor-powered Engine Start Module (ESM) on new Model 579 and 567 trucks as a factory-installed option.

8/12/2015 Peterbilt Offers Maxwell’s Engine Start Module

Peterbilt is now offering Maxwell’s ultracapacitor-powered Engine Start Module on new Model 579 and 567 trucks as a factory-installed option. The ultracapacitor is dedicated to start the vehicle and replaces one traditional battery. which can reduce weight by up to 60 pounds. Because it is dedicated to a single task, power is always available to start the vehicle.

8/12/2015 Peterbilt to feature Maxwell ultracapacitor starting module

San Diego, California – Maxwell Technologies Inc., a developer and manufacturer of ultracapacitor-based energy storage products, has announced 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.

8/11/2015 Peterbilt offers Maxwell’s Engine Start Module

Maxwell Technologies announced that Peterbilt Motors Company is now offering Maxwell’s ultracapacitor-powered Engine Start Module (ESM) on new Model 579 and 567 trucks as a factory-installed option.

8/11/2015 US: Maxwell cites Peterbilt using ultracapacitor ESM

Maxwell Technologies says Peterbilt Motors, a designer and truck manufacturer, is now offering its ultracapacitor-powered Engine Start Module (ESM) on new Model 579 and 567 trucks as a factory-installed option.

8/11/2015 Peterbilt to Offer Maxwell Engine Start Module

Peterbilt Motors, a leading designer and manufacturer of premium trucks, will be offering Maxwell Technology’s ultracapacitor-powered Engine Start Module (ESM) on new Model 579 and 567 trucks as a factory-installed option.

8/10/2015 Saving Weight, Improving Reliability: Peterbilt Offers Maxwell's Engine Start Module

Maxwell Technologies' ultracapacitor-powered ESM available on Peterbilt Models 579, 567 SAN DIEGO, Aug. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Maxwell Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MXWL), a leading developer and manufacturer of ultracapacitor-based energy storage products, announced today that Peterbilt Motors Company, a leading designer and manufacturer of premium trucks, 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.

8/5/2015 Maxwell Technologies Inc.’s Engine Start Module: Giving Your Engine a Boost

Every Wednesday, R&D Magazine will feature a R&D 100 Flashback, chosen from our R&D 100 archive of winners. This week’s flashback is Maxwell Technologies Inc.’s Engine Start Module (ESM), which won an R&D 100 Award in 2012. More than four million medium-duty and heavy-duty (MD/HD) trucks are now operating in the U.S., consuming more than 53 billion gallons of fuel annually. In most MD/HD Class 6 to 8 trucks, the entire electrical system derives power from a bank of two to four 12-V batteries connected in pa

7/13/2015 24-Volt, Ultracapacitor-Based Engine Start Module

Maxwell Technologies Inc.’s 24-volt ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module (ESM) is ideal for improving equipment uptime and power reliability in buses and industrial vehicles, such as cranes, backhoes, bulldozers, graders, pavers, off-road trucks, portable compressors and others with diesel engines. The 24-volt ESM enables vehicles to start and operate reliably in the face of cold weather and infrequent starting. The new product expands Maxwell’s Engine Starting Solutions line to deliver benefits to diesel engine vehicles used in transportation, construction, military, agricultural, forestry, mining and other industries.

6/5/2015 24-volt ultracapacitor-based engine start module

Maxwell Technologies Inc. announced the availability of its 24-volt ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module (ESM), ideal for improving equipment uptime and power reliability in buses and industrial vehicles.

5/12/2015 Maxwell Technologies 24-Volt Ultracapacitor-Based Engine Start Module (ESM)

Maxwell Technologies, Inc. announces its 24-volt ultracapacitor-based engine start module (ESM), ideal for improving equipment uptime and power reliability in buses and industrial vehicles.

5/9/2015 24-V module starts diesel engines in arctic temperatures

A 24-V ultracapacitor-based engine start module (ESM) from Maxwell Technologies, the Ultra 31 enables heavy-duty industrial vehicles and buses with diesel engines to start and operate reliably in temperatures down to -40°C. Able to start an engine when batteries can’t, the 24-V ESM completely takes over the engine cranking and starting function by remaining fully charged, even if the battery voltage drops significantly.

4/29/2015 Maxwell Technologies 24-Volt, Ultracapacitor-Based Engine Start Modules

Maxwell Technologies announces the availability of its 24-volt ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module (ESM), ideal for improving equipment uptime and power reliability in buses and industrial vehicles, such as cranes, backhoes, bulldozers, graders, pavers, off-road trucks, portable compressors and others with diesel engines.

4/28/2015 Maxwell doubles ESM ultracapacitor voltage

Maxwell Technologies has unveiled its 24-volt ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module (ESM) for cranking vehicle engines. The product, used alongside lead-acid batteries, doubles the voltage of the San Diego based firm’s previous ESM and adds to its Engine Starting Solutions line.

4/27/2015 Maxwell Technologies introduces 24-volt versions of ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module

As every truck driver or heavy equipment operator knows, diesel engines can be difficult to start in low temperatures, or after not being started for long periods. Maxwell Technologies’ Engine Start Module (ESM) is an ultracapacitor-based system that takes over the engine cranking function and remains fully charged, even if battery voltage drops.

4/22/2015 Maxwell Technologies introduces 24V ultracap-based Engine Start Modules for off-road and industrial equipment

Maxwell Technologies, Inc. is introducing two 24-volt versions of its ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module (ESM). (Earlier post.) The new higher voltage ESM is suited for improving equipment uptime and power reliability in buses and industrial vehicles such as cranes, backhoes, bulldozers, graders, pavers, off-road trucks, portable compressors and others with diesel engines. The 24-volt ESM enables vehicles to start and operate reliably in the face of cold weather and infrequent starting.

4/22/2015 Maxwell Unveils Engine Start Module For Industrial Equipment

axwell Technologies, Inc., the California-based manufacturer of ultracapacitors and other energy storage technologies, has announced the availability of an ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module (ESM) for industrial applications. The news comes on the heels of the company’s announcement at last month’s Mid-America Trucking Show that a similar system is available as a factory installed option on Kenworth’s T680 and T880 trucks.

4/22/2015 Maxwell Technologies Introduces 24-Volt, Ultracapacitor-Based ESM

Maxwell Technologies Inc. on April 22 announced the availability of its 24-volt ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module (ESM), ideal for improving equipment uptime and power reliability in buses and industrial vehicles.

3/29/2015 Kenworth offering Maxwell ultracap Engine Start Module as factory-installed option

Kenworth will now offer the Maxwell Technologies ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module (ESM) as a factory-installed option on new Kenworth T680 and T880 trucks. Kenworth dealers have offered the ESM as an aftermarket solution since 2011. With increasing demand for reliable truck engine starting, Kenworth is now the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to offer Maxwell’s ESM as a factory-installed option.

3/27/2015 Kenworth Introduces Advanced Charge Start System

Kenworth will offer an ultracapacitor-based engine start module from Maxwell for increased performance and better protection against battery drainage, the company announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

3/26/2015 New Kenworth starter technology

At the Mid America Truck show, which starts this week, Kenworth have announced a new technology starter system for production trucks. The US truck makers will now offer the Maxwell Technologies ultra-capacitor-based Engine Start Module (ESM) as a factory-installed option on new Kenworth T680 and T880 trucks in the US market.

3/26/2015 Kenworth adds fuel-saving technologies to new trucks

Louisville, Kentucky – Kenworth will provide a dedicated engine start module and an inverter for increased performance on new trucks to improve electrical system performance. The truck maker will also offer a new inverter/charger option for easier battery recharging while parked and an automatic battery monitoring and engine startup module for the Kenworth Idle Management System.

3/26/2015 Maxwell Engine Start Module now factory-installed option on Kenworth trucks Source: Maxwell Technologies Mar 26, 2015 Request more information CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Maxwell Technologies Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of ultracapacitor-based energy storage products, announces that its ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module (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. With increasing demand for reliable truck engine starting, Kenworth is now the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to offer Maxwell's ESM as a factory-installed option.

3/25/2015 Company Update (NASDAQ:MXWL): Maxwell Technologies Inc and Kenworth Offer Ultracapacitor-Based Engine Starting Module in New Trucks

Maxwell Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:MXWL), a leading developer and manufacturer of ultracapacitor-based energy storage products, today announced that its ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module (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. With increasing demand for reliable truck engine starting, Kenworth is now the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to offer Maxwell's ESM as a factory-installed option.

3/25/2015 Maxwell And Kenworth Offer Ultracapacitor-Based Engine Starting Module In New Trucks

Maxwell's Engine Start Module will be available on Kenworth's T680 and T880 SAN DIEGO, March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Maxwell Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MXWL), a leading developer and manufacturer of ultracapacitor-based energy storage products, today announced that its ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module (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. With increasing demand for reliable truck engine starting, Kenworth is now the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to offer Maxwell's ESM as a factory-installed option.

2/19/2015 Maxwell Technologies showcases truck engine start module at TMC

As electrical loads on commercial vehicles increase, so too does demand on truck batteries. The issue is further complicated by the fact that lithium ion and deep cycle batteries that excel at providing long-term, in-cab power, but are not as efficient at providing sustained bursts of cranking amps when it’s time to start the vehicle after a long night off-duty. At the same time, starting batteries do a poor job of meeting long-term power requirements demanded by resting drivers.

2/12/2015 Maxwell Signs Agreement with Purkeys to Distribute ESMs

Maxwell Technologies signed an agreement with Purkeys for distribution of Maxwell’s Engine Start Module product line to the heavy-duty trucking industry. The agreement will allow Purkeys to take orders for Maxell’s ESM in North America.

2/11/2015 Maxwell Signs Purkeys to Distribute Heavy-duty Truck Engine Start Module

Purkeys said it will help Maxwell expand its North American sales of the ESM and provide individualized attention to fleet customers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) seeking alternative energy solutions. In addition to distribution, Purkeys will provide integration services to solve electrical system challenges with Maxwell products.

2/11/2015 Purkeys to distribute Maxwell ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module for heavy-duty trucks

Maxwell Technologies signed an agreement with Purkeys, an electrical systems solutions provider for the trucking industry, for distribution of Maxwell’s ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module (ESM) product line to the North American heavy-duty trucking industry.

2/10/2015 Maxwell Technologies Signs Purkeys As Distributor Of Ultracapacitor-Based Engine Start Module

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Maxwell Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MXWL) today announced that it has signed an agreement with Purkeys, an electrical systems solutions provider for the trucking industry, for distribution of Maxwell's ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module (ESM) product line to the North American heavy duty trucking industry. Purkeys will take orders for Maxwell's ESM, which supplies dedicated power for truck engine starting, even when lead-acid batteries are drained and weakened by cold temperatures or excessive use, thereby eliminating costly jump-starts and downtime.

8/8/2014 Maxwell Technologies Engine Start Module

Maxwell Technologies now offers its new ultra-capacitor-based Engine Start Module (ESM Ultra 31/900) for Class 3-6 medium-duty trucks, complementing ESM models already available for Class 7-8 heavy trucks. The new ESM’s no-acid, lead-free ultra-capacitor replaces one of the truck’s existing Group 31 batteries and takes over engine-starting chores. As long as the conventional batteries maintain a charge of 9.5 volts to activate the truck’s fuel pump, fuel injectors, and ECM, the ESM provides a powerful b

6/17/2014 121 Ways to Save on Fuel!

Save your batteries for hotel loads Advanced glass mat batteries, or deep cycle batteries are best for hotel loads, but will wear out prematurely when used as starting batteries. Consider switching from lead-acid batteries for starting to ultra-capacitor starting systems, and save the AGM batteries for hotel loads.

3/28/2014 Maxwell Technologies expands its ultracapacitor-based product line for Trucks

The new Class 3-6 unit produces 900 cold cranking amperes (CCA), starting power for diesel engines up to 9.9 liters at temperatures -40 to 149 degrees Fahreheit. The Class 7-8 solution is rated similar for temperature, and company Senior Product Manager Jeff Brakley reports several Canada-based owner-operators have come by the Maxwell booth at the Mid-America Trucking Show to express thanks for the technology during this year’s extreme winter.

3/20/2014 Ultracapacitor-Based Engine Start Module

The ESM ULTRA 31/900 replaces traditional lead-acid starting batteries, virtually eliminating cranking problems that come from weak or discharged batteries. 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.

3/11/2014 Ending the Dead-End Battery Dilemma for Delivery Truck Drivers

Maxwell Technologies -- a long-time manufacturer of ultracapacitors and supercapacitors -- is offering a solution to this problem. The company is launching a version of its Engine Start Module (ESM) -- the ESM Ultra 31/900 -- for Class 3 to Class 6 trucks, which are typically those used for deliveries around cities. The product can replace one of the truck's batteries to provide the energy for its starting function.

3/7/2014 Maxwell Technologies expands Medium-duty Product Line

Maxwell Technologies expanded its ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module (ESM) product line, unveiling its Class 3-6 entry at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. The ULTRA 31/900 will provide the same benefits to Class 3 through 6 medium-duty trucks that it has been offering previously to Class 7 and 8 heavy-duty trucks.

3/5/2014 Maxwell Technologies Introduces Ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module for Medium-Duty Diesel Trucks

Maxwell Technologies' ULTRA 31/900 ESM will provide the same benefits as the Engine Start Module to class 3 through 6 medium-duty trucks that it has been offering previously to class 7 and 8 heavy-duty diesel trucks. Maxwell’s ULTRA 31/900 ESM assumes the starting responsibility for the truck and effectively eliminates cranking problems that come from weak or discharged batteries. Consistent with Maxwell’s current award-winning ESM product, the ULTRA 31/900 delivers the quick-burst power trucks need to cran

3/5/2014 Maxwell Brings Ultracapacitor Start Module to Medium-duty Market

Maxwell Technologies is expanding its ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module product line to medium-duty Class 3-6 trucks. The ESM ULTRA 31/900 replaces traditional lead-acid starting batteries, virtually eliminating cranking problems that come from weak or discharged batteries. 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.

3/3/2014 Maxwell Technologies to Ease Your Crank with Ultracapacitors

San Diego-based ultracapacitor specialist Maxwell Technologies, which offers a variety of battery-boosting and cold-start products (as well as units designed to work with batteries to enhance the performance of electric vehicles), will unveil on Wednesday “a new energy storage and power delivery solution to make cranking problems in Class 4 through 6 trucks a thing of the past,” at the Work Truck Show, Booth 3026.

2/25/2014 Coverage of World of Concrete 2014

Maxwell Technologies displayed its ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module (ESM), which works to extend the life of batteries by providing “rapid discharge, rapid recharge” and a dependable “burst of energy” at every crank of the ignition, said Michael Padrnos, key accounts manager. Padrnos said that one ESM can provide enough energy to power hundreds of thousands of engine starts even in temperatures as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit.

2/13/2014 Idle Free incorporates ultracapacitor ESM into anti-idling system

Idle Free Systems will offer its anti-idling system for vocational markets with an ultracapacitor-based engine state module (ESM) from Maxwell Technologies. The inclusion of the ESM will provide cranking power for Idle Free’s Work Truck No Idle Heat System. The system is designed specifically for the day cab or work truck market and provides up to eight hours of interior cab heat with the truck engine turned off. It uses a coolant heater to provide engine heat and interior cab heat, and provides 12-volt ele

2/11/2014 Anti-Idling System Introduced for 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. 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.

12/1/2013 Guaranteed to Start

While battery-powered HVAC systems are gaining popularity, they struggle to overcome the fear of not starting – the overnight, the climate-control system will sap the batteries. Depending on ambient conditions, the electric systems can maintain comfortable temperatures for an eight-hour period (provided they are fully charged), but there’s not much margin for a movie before bed and cup of coffee to get you going in the morning. Enter the Maxwell Ultracapacitor Starting System.

10/16/2013 Empowering components: Electrical products play an vital role in the truck's operation

While the latest technology and devices might come to mind, electrical products such as starters, alternators, EGR valves, ignitions, sensors, turbo actuators, engine control units and headlamps play an vital role in the truck’s operation and have power demands of their own.

8/21/2013 Easier Starting

The ESM isn’t a battery, rather it replaces the starter battery and works in tandem with the other batteries, using power-dense ultracapacitors in a Group 31 form factor. It can offer all-temperature starts even after hotel loading. Cold-weather reliability goes down to -40 C.

6/5/2013 Say Goodbye to Booster Cables

Next to the clang of your cell door slamming shut, there are few sounds more disheartening than the "click, click, click" of a starter that's not getting enough juice. Scrap the day's plans, and execute Plan B -- call a tow truck for a boost and go for a coffee. That would never happen with an ultracapacitor starting system. Maxwell Technologies has pioneered such a system; it's called an Engine Start Module.

6/4/2013 Ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module for Commercial Trucks

Maxwell’s 12 V modules ensure reliable engine starting for commercial trucks and other heavy vehicles. Available in original equipment or as an easy-to-install retrofits solution, it prevents vehicle starting problems in cold weather or when batteries are drained by repetitive starting or climate control and other driver comfort functions.

3/22/2013 Maxwell Engine Start Module (ESM) featured at the Mid-America Trucking Show

Maxwell Technologies is promoting its ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module for the second year running at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, and says that the product is gaining sure momentum, as more than 1,500 have been manufactured.