Purkeys, which provides electrical solutions for the heavy-duty trucking industry, has introduced a new product to provide fleets with a charging solution that utilizes alternative energy. The Solar Bolt has a patent-pending design that integrates solar charging with a vehicle’s traditional charging system to help keep liftgate batteries charged, Purkeys said.
“Over the last year, we have been researching solar energy to see how fleets can best use it to reduce costs,” CEO Justin Purkey said. “We tested the capabilities of solar panels on trailers and we examined the practicality of using the sun’s energy to charge batteries. Our findings led us to the Solar Bolt and its patent-pending technology.”
According to the company, the Solar Bolt was specifically constructed to integrate into the electrical system of the heavy-duty vehicle by applying patent-pending technology that supplies power to the electrical system and batteries via solar power even when the vehicle is running.
"We wanted to provide fleets with a charging system that would keep batteries at a good state of charge,” chief engineer Dale Henningson said. “We designed the Solar Bolt to work in conjunction with the heavy-duty vehicles’ electrical system. That way fleets can utilize the sun’s free energy when the vehicle is on or off.”