Idle Free Systems Designs Maxwell Technologies Ultracapacitor Module Into New Anti-Idling System for Snow Plows, Municipal, Utility and Other Work Trucks

Maxwell's Engine Start Module Provides Cranking Power for Reliable All-Weather Starting

Feb 11, 2014, 08:50 ET from Maxwell Technologies

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Maxwell Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MXWL) announced today that it is supplying ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Modules (ESM) to Idle Free Systems, Inc., a leader in anti-idling solutions for the trucking industry, to provide cranking power for a new anti-idling system into vocational markets across North America to include snow plow, utility, delivery and other work trucks.


Designed specifically for the day cab or work truck market, the Work Truck No Idle Heat System™ from Idle Free Systems provides up to eight hours of interior cab heat with the truck engine turned off, eliminating unnecessary workday idling. The system uses a coolant heater to provide engine heat and interior cab heat, and provides 12-volt electrical power for work truck functions, such as running lights or communication systems. A Maxwell ESM is integrated into the system to ensure reliable starting if the truck batteries don't have enough cranking power to start the engine.

"This no idle system saves fuel and reduces emissions and maintenance expense associated with unnecessary idling," said Robert Hopton, CEO of Idle Free Systems. "Operators can run their heat, lights and communications devices without idling their trucks, and the Maxwell ESM ensures power for reliable all-weather re-starts when batteries are weak."     

The Maxwell ESM fits into any truck battery box that has more than one industry standard group 31 battery. Replacing one battery with an ESM reduces the overall weight of the truck by approximately 42 pounds. The ESM delivers the quick-burst power large diesel engines need to crank in extreme weather, down to -40 degrees Fahrenheit.

"For truck drivers who work in freezing weather, run sleeper loads on batteries, or sit in line at weigh stations with anti-idle laws, the limitations of batteries for cranking power are all-too familiar," said Jeremy Cowperthwaite, vice president and general manager of Maxwell's Engine Start Group. "The fuel savings realized through idle elimination and reduction of jump starts typically provides a return on investment in less than a year."

About Idle Free Systems: Idle Free Systems, Inc. ("Idle Free") is a leading designer and manufacturer of electric idle elimination technology for all segments of the commercial trucking industry and school buses. For over-the-road trucks, the Idle Free electric APU is The Complete Electric APU Solution™ that offers drivers and fleet operators a flexible, cost-effective alternative to discretionary idling without compromising performance, cost savings, driver comfort, or environmental safety. Unique to the Idle Free over-the-road APU is its ability to be powered three ways:  an independent battery bank, Shorepower and Reefer Link™, Idle Free's proprietary, patented technology run by the reefer. Idle Free is the only APU on the market that can be powered by the reefer. Idle Free Systems website:

About Maxwell Technologies: Maxwell Technologies is a global leader in the development and manufacture of innovative, cost-effective energy storage and power delivery solutions. Our ultracapacitor products provide safe and reliable power solutions for applications in consumer and industrial electronics, transportation and telecommunications. Our CONDIS® high-voltage grading and coupling capacitors help to ensure the safety and reliability of electric utility infrastructure and other applications involving transport, distribution and measurement of high-voltage electrical energy. Our radiation-mitigated microelectronic products include power modules, memory modules and single board computers that incorporate powerful commercial silicon for superior performance and high reliability in aerospace applications. For more information, visit

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