Today, the trucking industry is challenged with the need to increase the efficiency and quality of repair and maintenance tasks. Additionally, the rapidly aging workforce threatens to exacerbate the need for faster, better repairs with technical resources whose skills, in some cases, may lean more toward the mechanical than the technological aspect of systems.
Issued: January 2017
Forty-eight volt electrical systems represent a great potential to save fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Idle stop-start technology can help save fuel while the vehicle is motionless, and torque assist can also be supplied to the engine for launch and low-speed momentary acceleration. Increased energy storage and recapture of brake energy is also possible through 48-volt electrical/electronic (E/E) technology, further improving on overall efficiency.