Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America Inc. (MFTA) will be offering solar-powered battery charging technology from eNow in its Class 3-5 FUSO Canter FE/FG Series trucks through MFTA's network of 200 dealers in the U.S. and Canada.
eNow's solar-based auxiliary power systems are specifically designed for transportation applications, including medium- and heavy-duty trucks, commercial buses, school buses and military vehicles. The solution is aimed at helping commercial fleet operators meet regulatory requirements related to idling and emissions.
‘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,’ says Todd Bloom, president and CEO MFTA. ‘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 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.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently approved the use of eNow's system on heavy-duty diesel vehicles.