Purkeys debuts solar charging system

Purkeys has introduced a patent-pending solar charging system for liftgate batteries.

“Over the last year, we have been researching solar energy to see how fleets can best use it to reduce costs,” says Justin Purkey, CEO. “We tested the capabilities of solar panels on trailers and we examined the practicality of using the sun’s energy to charge batteries. Our findings led us to the Solar Bolt and its patent-pending technology.”

Purkeys says its charging system provides a unique advantage for vehicle owners when compared to other solar charging systems currently on the market. Unlike other systems, the Solar Bolt was specifically constructed to integrate into the electrical system of the heavy-duty vehicle by applying patent-pending technology that supplies power to the electrical system and batteries via solar power even when the vehicle is running, the company says.

“We wanted to provide fleets with a charging system that would keep batteries at a good state of charge,” Purkeys’ Chief Engineer Dale Henningson says. “We designed the Solar Bolt to work in conjunction with the heavy-duty vehicles’ electrical system. That way fleets can utilize the sun’s free energy when the vehicle is on or off.”

The Solar Bolt is easy to install and seamlessly integrates into heavy-duty vehicles’ charging systems to help keep tractor and liftgate batteries charged, Purkeys says. By using solar power as a practical way to supply energy and reduce the electrical load on the tractor, it can counteract parasitic loads, charge batteries, and help reduce fuel consumption over time, the company adds.

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