Maxwell Technologies, Inc. announces R&D Magazine has recognized Maxwell’s ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module (ESM) for medium- and heavy-duty trucks as one of the 100 most technologically significant products introduced in the last year.
Maxwell’s ESM incorporates patented ultracapacitor technology to provide the power required to reliably start Class 6 to 8 medium- and heavy-duty trucks, the company says. The ESM form factor is identical to the Battery Council International (BCI) Group 31 batteries used in most Class 6-8 trucks in North America, which Maxwell says makes it an easy-to-install aftermarket product for trucks currently in service.
“Numerous trucking industry sources confirm the need for a more reliable and cost-effective starting solution, says Van Andrews, Maxwell’s senior vice president, sales and marketing. “The ESM provides an ‘onboard jump start’ capability that virtually eliminates starting failures due to extreme temperatures or depletion of batteries’ cranking power by repetitive starting for deliveries or the use of battery power for heating, air conditioning, entertainment systems and other ‘hotel loads’ in states where engine idling is limited by law.”
The winners of the R&D 100 Awards are selected by an independent judging panel and the editors of R&D Magazine. The publication and its online portal serve research scientists, engineers, and other technical staff members at high tech industrial companies and public and private laboratories around the world.