KIRKLAND, Wash. – Kenworth announced today that its advanced charge start system is now in production.
The ultracapacitor-based Maxwell Engine Start Module (ESM) is a factory-installed option for new Kenworth T680s and T880s. The module is dedicated 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 extreme hot and cold temperatures, even when the batteries have low voltage.
“Kenworth customers can benefit from the Engine Start Module option, which is a cost-effective way to help reduce downtime and maintenance costs caused by low voltage,” said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director. “The Engine Start Module has proven itself as a very capable solution for situations where starting reliability is critical.”
The company’s new 1,800-watt inverter is also in production. It provides the convenience of AC power in the sleeper.
“Inverters are popular as they utilize AC power versus DC to help efficiently operate appliances, entertainment systems and other devices in the sleeper,” said Swihart. “That’s a benefit to drivers, plus the Kenworth inverter can operate more systems and devices with better performance in handling high-amp loads.”
The Kenworth inverter also has charging capability.
“Plug the truck into shore power at a truck stop, at a terminal or at home, and run all your hotel loads while charging the batteries,” Swihart said. “In the sleeper, there is a control panel with on/off switching, plus battery status.”