There are over two thousand heavy- and medium-duty trucks on the road in North America using the Maxwell ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module.

Over the next decade and beyond, the trucking industry will see increasingly stringent regulation regarding emissions from idling and reduction in fuel usage. At the same time the industry is relying more and more on the truck’s batteries to crank and start engines as well as to run electrical loads such as lighting, lift-gates, sleepers, and other energy-intensive loads. Competition is increasing and pressure to keep trucks on the road with on-schedule deliveries is as intense as ever.

As a result, there is a major emerging application for starting diesel engines in trucks. By dedicating the starting function to ultracapacitors, trucks can always start – even when batteries are seriously discharged. Jump starts can be eliminated. Batteries can now be assigned to powering the truck’s accessories without having to save back enough power to start the truck.

Some of the main advantages that ultracapacitors provide include:
High rate of burst power delivery
Wide operating temperature range
Fast recharge rate
Long service life
No lead. No acid.
Safe technology

December 2013, - Cover Story: 8 Things to Expect on Tomorrow’s Trucks

"We will continue to see improvements in the electrical and battery area. Ultracapacitors are on the horizon, says TMC, and a switch to 24 volts is probable.”

The Maxwell Engine Start Module is seeing rapid acceptance and adoption by the trucking industry because of its demonstrated success in to eliminating jump starts and reducing idling. The result is less downtime and lower operating expenses. The bottom line is that your bottom line is improved - regardless if you operate a single truck or a fleet of thousands.