In a move that expands the availability of solar technology to fleet owners and owner operators, eNow has announced a new strategic partnership with Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (MFTA).
As part of the agreement, MFTA will offer eNow's basic solar powered battery charging system to their network of more than 200 dealers in the US and Canada as a vehicle option on new class 3 to 5 FUSO Canter FE/FG Series trucks.
Jeff Flath, CEO of eNow, says, "This new partnership further expands the availability of our sun-powered technology to the commercial transportation industry. It's a move that makes great economic sense and helps efforts to reduce targeted emissions. We look forward to working with Mitsubishi Fuso in this exciting venture."
According to Todd Bloom, MFTA's President & CEO, "Mitsubishi Fuso Truck has a long history of making environmentally sound vehicles. Our new partnership with eNow is another step in assuring our customers have access to vehicles that consistently offer lower cost-of-ownership, while maintaining as small an environmental footprint as is practical. And in this case, environmentally sound technology also solves specific operating issues for some of the auxiliary equipment our customers install on their trucks."
The eNow solar-based auxiliary power systems are specifically designed for the transportation industry, including medium and heavy-duty trucks, commercial buses, school buses and military vehicles.
The system generates power using the company's proprietary solar system, which stores the power in an on-board battery system and distributes it to various truck/trailer functions when needed. The system can be used to keep main engine batteries charged while reducing load on the alternator, or to power auxiliary systems such as lift gates, lighting or refrigeration.
For truck owners, this represents a significant new tool to meet regulatory requirements to reduce idling and emissions. It is also a practical solution for the notorious problem of liftgate power running out before the end of the day.
eNow's solar charging systems range from 30 watts, used for keeping batteries charged, to 6,400 watts, used for refrigeration applications. System payback ranges from one to three years depending on the application.
The strategic partnership with MFTA marks the second marketing expansion agreement by eNow. Last month, eNow announced a partnership with Bergstrom to use the solar-powered system to power Bergstrom HVAC systems for Class 8 in-cab, no-idle applications. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has also recently approved the use of eNow's solar-powered auxiliary power system on heavy-duty diesel fueled vehicles.