uStart now available for Class 7/8

John G Smith

uStart power systems — already available for Class 6 trucks — are now available to for use in Class 7 and 8 day cabs with up to 12-liter engines.

The drop-in Group 31 battery replacement offers a level of starting power not found with typical batteries, particularly when it comes to tough duty cycles or cold temperatures, Ioxus says. The system reduces the stress on starters and also provides jumpstart capabilities.

The uStart is built on a foundation of ultracapacitors, and uses electronics to monitor, manage, and control power on a vehicle’s electrical bus. That minimizes cycling on the remaining batteries, the company adds.

John G Smith

John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking, trucknews.com, TruckTech, Transport Routier, Inside Logistics, Solid Waste & Recycling, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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