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Engine Start Module caters to medium-duty diesel trucks.

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March 13, 2014 - Eliminating cranking problems caused by weak or discharged batteries, 16 lb ESM ULTRA 31/900 assumes starting responsibility for class 3–6 medium-duty trucks. Ultracapacitor-based module provides 900 cold cranking amperes (CCA) or 3 sec crank and enables reliable starting of up to 9.9 L diesel engines from -40 to +149°F. No-acid, lead-free energy storage solution also allows extensive use of lift-gates and buckets while engine is off without impacting truck starting capability.

Original Press Release

Maxwell Technologies Introduces Its Ultracapacitor-Based Engine Start Module for Medium Duty Diesel Trucks

Press release date: March 5, 2014

New ULTRA 31/900 Effectively Eliminates Jump-Starts; Decreases Total Cost of Ownership in Class 3 through 6 Trucks

SAN DIEGO -- Maxwell Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MXWL) is expanding its ultracapacitor-based Engine Start Module (ESM) product line to provide the same benefits to class 3 through 6 medium duty trucks that it has been offering previously to class 7 and 8 heavy duty diesel trucks. Consistent with the current ESM product, the new ESM ULTRA 31/900 provides the following features and benefits:

--  900 cold cranking amperes (CCA), or a three-second crank;
--  Reliable starting for diesel engines up to 9.9 liters at temperatures -40°C to 65°C (-40°F to 149°F);
--  Low maintenance operation and life-of-the-vehicle reliability;
--  Industry standard Group 31 battery form factor for easy integration with battery systems;
--  Built-in quick charging system (15 minutes or less);
--  Extended battery life, full compatibility with existing battery systems; and
--  Four year unlimited warranty.

Maxwell's ESM ULTRA 31/900 assumes the starting responsibility for the truck and effectively eliminates cranking problems that come from weak or discharged batteries. Consistent with Maxwell's current award-winning ESM product, the ESM ULTRA 31/900 delivers the quick-burst power trucks need to crank their engines in extreme cold, down to -40°F. The new ESM is rugged and lightweight (16 lbs.). It delivers reliable starts and allows extensive use of lift-gates and buckets while the engine is off without fear of the truck not starting.

"In order to maximize on-time service and deliveries, fleet owners need their medium duty trucks to perform reliably in any conditions," said Jeremy Cowperthwaite, vice president and general manager of Maxwell's Engine Starting Group. "Maxwell's ultracapacitor-based ESM starting solutions are the best options in the market for ensuring engine start reliability while also lowering the overall cost of operations. Now, with the introduction of the ESM ULTRA 31/900, we're extending the same benefits to class 3 through 6 medium duty diesel trucks."

The ESM ULTRA 31/900 is a no-acid, lead-free energy storage solution that weighs less than one-fourth of the Group 31 lead-acid battery it replaces. It stays fully charged even when the truck's lead-acid battery is as low as 9.5V.

Maxwell will introduce the new ultracapacitor-based ESM ULTRA 31/900 at the Work Truck Show, March 5 through 7 in Indianapolis at booth 3026.

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About Maxwell Technologies: Maxwell Technologies is a global leader in the development and manufacture of innovative, cost-effective energy storage and power delivery solutions. Our ultracapacitor products provide safe and reliable power solutions for applications in consumer and industrial electronics, transportation and telecommunications. Our CONDIS® high-voltage grading and coupling capacitors help to ensure the safety and reliability of electric utility infrastructure and other applications involving transport, distribution and measurement of high-voltage electrical energy. Our radiation-mitigated microelectronic products include power modules, memory modules and single board computers that incorporate powerful commercial silicon for superior performance and high reliability in aerospace applications. For more information, visit

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