Fontaine Modification Fleet Services now offers installation of solar panel systems from eNow Solar Energy Solutions, capable of powering certain systems on a heavy-duty truck.
Fontaine’s Statesville, North Carolina, location recently upfitted 26 sleeper tractors with the panels, which capture energy from the sun and are capable of producing 300 watts of electricity per day. The power can be used to charge the truck’s auxiliary batteries, which are then used to power HVAC systems, liftgates, refrigeration, telematics systems, and other auxiliary equipment.
The solar panels from eNow are flexible, lightweight, and thin, measuring only 1/8-inch thick. The panels are sealed to protect against ice, debris, corrosion, and extreme temperatures. Fontaine offers installation of eNow solar panels at all of its modification centers.
“The product is rugged, robust and suitable for the working environment,” said Jamil Young, president, Fontaine Modification Fleet Services. “The installation process is simple and straightforward, and we’re pleased to provide this service to customers at all eight of our locations.”
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As truck makers prepare to test and introduce Class 8 battery-electric and hydrogen-electric trucks in the next 12 to 24 months, one must wonder why only a very small number of truck operators have adopted clean solar technology.
While solar energy cannot power a Class 8 truck, it can supplement the charging capacity needed for some tractor and trailer accessories. The additional charging capacity has prolonged battery life while reducing operating and maintenance costs.
Applications of solar power on tractors and trailers turn solar energy into electrical energy to charge batteries used for liftgates, as well as cab and sleeper heating and air conditioning. Fleets report that solar systems have virtually no maintenance requirements.
— Phil Romba | November 9, 2018
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The conclusion of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) is not a surprise since all three solar-equipped trucks in their 2017 Run on Less demonstration utilized eNow solar power systems. The demonstration program provided hands-on driver feedback to inform the newly published Solar Confidence Report. Click here to read the full report.
No better place to unveil a disruptive new green technology than at the ACT Expo 2018 (Advanced Clean Transportation) in Long Beach, California. eNow has clearly done so with its All-Electric Solar-Based Refrigeration System deployed on a 53-foot trailer. The eNow “reefer” trailer integrates its proprietary, solar technology, battery storage, and its patented electronic control system.
eNow has focused on the transportation industry since its 2011 founding. It also builds solar-based power systems for in-cab HVAC and hotel loads, liftgate battery systems, and telematics that require an energy source to ensure auxiliary batteries are always charged.
eNow proved the effectiveness of its solar energy-producing systems for transportation by powering the first zero-emissions commercial-use Transport Refrigeration Unit (TRU) on a truck making deliveries in an urban environment.
The new zero-emissions TRU branded “Rayfrigeration,” has been undergoing real-world testing since April 2017 in California’s San Joaquin Valley. In five months of testing, emission reductions of 98% nitrous oxide, 86% carbon dioxide, and 97% particulate matter were achieved.
In talking with the drivers and fleets present at Sunday’s event, it was clear to me that all 7 of the trucking teams have 3 things in common. So, there you have it: 7 + 3 = 10 [7 fleets] + [3 best practices] = 10 mpg. Saving fuel is really as easy as 1, 2, 3, and the Run on Less fleets have given us the blueprint.
What was the coolest technology you saw at the event?
If I have to choose one, I’ll go with Mesilla Valley Transport’s air conditioning system, which is powered by solar panels on the roof of the tractor and trailer!
All week at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta, nearly every presenter has mentioned electric trucks and the growing electrification of the trucking industry. So, it was no surprise when solar company eNow noted how it too could help with these growing electric needs.
eNow is ready and eager for a world where solar power turns vehicles into mobile charging stations.That was the message delivered by president and founder of eNow, Jeff Flath, at a press conference at this year’s North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) show. “I founded the company in 2011 to bring solar-based auxiliary power units to the trucking industry,” he said. eNow systems pair medium- and heavy-duty vehicles with solar panels, to turn them into mobile power stations on the go. To date, eNow’s core business includes Class 8 truck and trailers and RVs and school buses.
Freightliner Cascadia raised-roof sleeper trucks can now be ordered with the eNow eCharge solar system as a pre-delivery installation. The eNow system can be ordered through Freightliner dealerships and installed at Freightliner’s Custom Truck Service centers located at each of the manufacturing plants.
Mesilla Valley Transportation recently purchased close to 1,000 eNow energy systems for their fleet of Navistar trucks. eNow and Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT) will showcase the eNow solar auxiliary power system during the NACFE “Run on Less” program taking place September 5 to 23.
WARWICK – Solar-energy equipment supplier eNow Inc. just locked down a new big investor. Canadian Solar Inc., a leading solar provider in the global market, has purchased a 10 percent stake in eNow, the Warwick-based company announced Thursday.
Up until last year, it seemed the future of green tech was… inevitability, and a total replacement of less efficient technologies. However, with the recent change in the political landscape in the US, it would seem that advancements in green tech will be somewhat stalled, at least for the next few years.
However, although 2016 was the first year to see a decline in clean energy investments, Green Tech Media tells us not to panic just yet, things are still moving in a positive direction. -And they’re right. Green tech in the automotive industry gets better every year and we’re seeing a global push to decarbonize industry altogether.
For more on that, we asked a group of industry experts… (Click here to read full article on Future of Everything)
The ongoing evolution of the commercial truck industry was on full display at The Work Truck Show® 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana, last week. More than 500 exhibiting companies highlighted a wide range of new products and technology designed to make work trucks more efficient and productive on the job, including advances in electrification; diesel, gasoline and advanced fuel powertrains; light-weighting … even augmented reality and solar power. (Click here to read full article on worktruckshow.com)
eNow announced the availability of its Wireless Monitoring System for commercial transportation. The primary purpose of the system is to provide commercial vehicles with a state of charge (SOC) and state of health of the batteries. A key advantage of eNow’s solution is that it looks at both the source and usage of power, enabling one to understand the power balance between all inputs and outputs. As such it is both a battery and power management system, with the ability to also monitor air conditioning, hotel loads, and liftgate usage. It can be easily accessed via smartphone, PC, Mac, or tablet. (Click here to read full article on worktruckshow.com)
A new real-time wireless monitoring system is being offered by eNow for its solar-powered auxiliary energy systems for fleets, to help them monitor the “state of charge” for truck batteries. (Click here to read full article on fleetowner.com)
Solar panel system provider eNow is offering the Wireless Monitoring System for commercial vehicles. It’s designed to provide updates on the state of charge and state of health of the batteries.
The system looks at both the source and usage of power to offer a better understanding of the power balance between all inputs and outputs. This allows the solution to be both a battery and power management system with the ability to also monitor air conditioning, hotel loads and liftgate usage. (Click here to read full article on Truckinginfo.com)