Tests indicate LVD can save fleets money

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TUKWILA, Wash. — A new solid-state aftermarket low-voltage disconnect (LVD) developed by Intra Technologies promises to help fleets lower their maintenance costs while reducing downtime.

That’s according to Dallas, Tex.-based Stevens Transport, who recently tested the new product to determine if it would help contribute to the fleet’s profitability while reducing maintenance costs.

"The results were excellent," says Eric Smith, director of maintenance for Stevens Transport. "During those six months, none of those test vehicles required a single jumpstart because the LVD alerted our drivers before batteries reach a point of deep discharge."

Smith now plans to equip his entire 1,300 truck fleet with Intra’s LVDs, which he says will result in a 36 per cent reduction in electrical system maintenance.

In addition to eliminating jump starts and extending battery life, Smith says the life expectancy of a truck’s alternator will also increase if equipped with the LVDs.

Will Watson, vice-president of sales and marketing for Intra Technologies, says the product enables truckers to enjoy appliances and comfort items without idling and while preserving batter power. The LVD monitors battery levels and disconnects non-critical power loads when the voltage reaches critical levels.

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