Maintenance

Alternators Designed to Enhance Efficiency for School Buses

Posted on October 27, 2016
Prestolite Electric’s IdlePro and IdlePro Extreme (shown here) alternators are created to help extend battery life and increase vehicle uptime by enhancing engine and electrical system performance. 
Prestolite Electric’s IdlePro and IdlePro Extreme (shown here) alternators are created to help extend battery life and increase vehicle uptime by enhancing engine and electrical system performance. 

NOVI, Mich. — Prestolite Electric has introduced two new families of Leece-Neville heavy-duty alternators designed to improve school bus electrical performance: the IdlePro and IdlePro Extreme high-efficiency/high-output alternators.

The alternators are created for Type A, C, and D school buses.

“School buses commonly operate at engine idle with several draws, like lights, air conditioning, heating, or various other electrical needs,” said Jonathan Smith, assistant director of aftermarket sales and marketing at Prestolite Electric. “IdlePro and IdlePro Extreme alternators are proven solutions for the unique and challenging operating environments of school buses.”

The alternators help extend battery life and increase vehicle uptime by enhancing engine and electrical system performance, according to the supplier. They also include Prestolite Electric’s isolated ground technology, which was created to protect engines from potentially severe electrolytic damage caused by stray voltage.

Specifications for the IdlePro alternators (AVI160 Series – high amp, dual internal fans) include:

•       12V: 170-, 190-, 210-, 240-amp outputs
•       Minimum of 63% output of unit’s rated maximum output at engine idle speed
•       Remote sense capable
•       125 Celsius, -40 Celsius ratings
•       Heavy-duty housing design
•       Available in J-180 and pad-mount configurations

Specifications for the IdlePro Extreme alternators (BLP4000 Series – high amp, brushless) include:

•       12V: 220-, 240-, 280-, 325-, 350-, 420-amp outputs
•       Minimum of 90% output of the unit’s rated maximum output (200-plus amps) at engine idle speed (in certain applications)
•       Remote sense capability
•       Dual cable terminals (B+/B-) positioned laterally and axially
•       125 Celsius, -40 Celsius ratings
•       Heavy-duty housing design
•       Available now in pad-mount configurations (J-180 mount coming soon)

For more information, contact [email protected] or visit www.prestolite.com.

Related Topics: efficiency, parts, preventive maintenance

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