The grime and crud that spackles and obscures the windshields of work trucks will get easier to remove as the “HotShot” hot washer fluid and windshield de-icing system becomes standard equipment on many of General Motor’s 2007 full-size trucks. The system will be available on Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups in the fourth quarter of 2006.
HotShot, designed and produced by Framingham Hills, MI-based Microheat Inc., is currently available on several General Motors truck models, including the Chevy Avalanche, Chevrolet Tahoe and Chevrolet Suburban.
“HotShot can be used in every season and driving condition,” said Gary Pilibosian, Microheat’s president & CEO. “The system automatically removes snow, ice, bugs and road grime from windshields in under 90 seconds with the push of a button.”
Introduced commercially in 2002, HotShot features a patented cycling technology that heats washer fluid and then sprays it at a precise time interval to quickly clean the windshield. The all-season, all-weather system can be activated at vehicle start-up and maintains hot fluid for use by drivers on demand during normal driving conditions, according to Microheat.GM is one of the first vehicle OEMs to make HotShot a standard feature on cars and trucks, including the Buick Lucerne and Hummer H2 introduced last year.