Therma-Start™ is a non-invasive retrofit start-stop system that easily installs on diesel-powered vehicles and equipment. The system eliminates unnecessary idling, saves on fuel consumption, extends oil change intervals and saves on maintenance costs. The latest in Start/Stop technology, Therma-Start is the definitive way to drastically reduce and manage operating costs while achieving major emissions reductions.
ThermaStart™ acts as an auto start/stop control system that does not intrude into the OEM engine data system but rather operates as a Virtual Key Switch, paralleling the existing ignition key switch and duplicating its functions. ThermaStart™ monitors battery condition, ambient temperature, engine block temperature and air pressure to make decisions based on programmed parameters to either start-up or shut down an engine. Idle reduction results are verified by on-board data logging.
Therma-Start™ is constantly monitoring the engine block temperature, battery voltage, and air brake system pressure. When the block temperature drops to a pre-set point, the engine automatically starts. Therma-Start™ is programmed to go through a safety signaling delay before initiating each start-up cycle. When the engine block resumes optimal temperature, Therma-Start™ signals the engine to automatically shut down. Therma-Start™ also continuously monitors battery condition so a start-up can be initiated if a battery is losing charge due to cold weather extremes. Operators can confidently walk away from their machines knowing that Therma-Start™ is in charge!
Using a Kenworth W900 class 8 truck for example the following savings were realized once ThermaStart was installed:
In this example, the payback from fuel saving is accomplished in a very short time! When you also factor in significantly extended maintenance intervals (ie. Oil Change / Service) along with greatly reduced wear and tear your payback escalates dramatically.
Installed On: Kenworth W900 Class 8 Highway Truck:
Application: 10hr overnight idling
Average Price : $4,000
Install Cost: $1,500
Installed Cost : $5,500
Life Cycle Operating Costs without ThermaStart:
Cold weather operating months (Nov-Mar) = 5 months x 30 days x 10hrs/day = 1,500 idle hours x $4.50/hour = 5 Month Life Cycle Operating Cost of $6,750 (includes fuel, maintenance and depreciation)
Life Cycle Operating Costs with ThermaStart:
70% reduction in idling hours = 450 idle hours x $4.50/hour = 5 Month Life Cycle Operating Cost of $2,025 (includes fuel, maintenance and depreciation)
5-Month savings with Therma-Start = $4,725
Payback period: 7 winter months