testing electric truck range

Testing Electric Truck Range

PowerTorque’s European Correspondent, Will Shiers, attempts to get into the record books while testing electric truck range at the same time as circumnavigating London in a zero tailpipe emissions 16-tonne Renault D ZE. Read more

running electric trucks and keeping them charged

Running Electric Trucks and Keeping Them Charged

With all of the hype around the development of electric trucks becoming the norm in the future, the method of running electric trucks and keeping them charged is going to radically change operational choices. The building of the new infrastructure to support them will be a priority. Read more

battery selection, the right battery for the job

Battery Selection, the Right Battery for the Job

Consider the pros and cons of each model and the features and benefits they offer, when considering battery selection, the right battery for the job you want it to perform and the location where it will be fitted, is no different to weighing up the selection of the vehicle for the task it will be used for in the environment it will be operated.  Read more


Common Starting Issues in Trucking Applications

There are a number of reasons why a truck won’t start – the culprit is not always the starter motor, even though that assumption is often made. This white paper from Diesel Magazine discusses the factors that can cause starting issues and provides a step-by-step guideline on how to diagnose starting problems in a truck’s systems.

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Rollover Isolation Switch

A rollover isolation switch developed at its research and development facility in Adelaide, Redarc’s newest release is a Rollover Sensor (ROS) which works together with the Battery Master Isolation Switch (BMIS) to automatically shut down all truck electrics when it identifies a dangerous angle, minimising the chance of a spark.

 Rollover Isolation Switch

“The Rollover Sensor works hand in hand with the BMIS to provide a total safety solution for heavy-duty vehicles,” says Stuart Peddle, Redarc OEM Business Development Manager. “While the products are able to be flexibly used with other brands of isolation switch or rollover sensor products, when they are paired together there are a number of extra advantages.”


The ROS and BMIS combo has dual fault protection, which reduces the possibility for a wiring fault to provide a false trigger and enact the electric shutdown.


“False triggers from wiring faults are a high risk issue with other products, particularly as the truck ages and wires become corroded,” explains Stuart. “Two separate signals are required to activate the BMIS, which reduces the likelihood of nuisance operation due to wire damage.”


The ROS has been in development for a little over two years, which included a number of both simulated and real-life testing processes to military vibration and ISO environmental, accelerated life standards.


“We held pretty rigorous field-testing with fleets in SA and mining customers in WA to corroborate the results of our simulations,” says Stuart. “They have resulted in outstanding results in extreme conditions, with the product boasting a high environmental tolerance and minimised corrosion, water ingress and mud.”


Australian standards for rollover sensors require them to be checked every three months once they are installed to make sure they are working correctly, so Redarc has developed the ROS with a few ‘smart little mechanisms’ to aid in the process.


“The test requires you to tilt the sensor to trigger it, then put it back to normal,” explains Stuart. “A unique feature of the Redarc ROS is its captive pin system, you have to use a tool to unlock it to test it, then return the pin for it to work again, which ensures that it wont falsely trigger during transit and can’t be tampered with.


“Both the BMIS and the ROS were conceived, designed, developed and tested right here in Australia to ensure that it is perfectly suited to local conditions.”


To ensure Australia’s rough roads don’t trigger the ROS, the algorithms of its dual accelerometer require multiple detections in line with the two to three second window required for Australian standards. “Our engineers and developers have thought of everything with the design of this new product,” Stuart says.


Though isolation switch and rollover sensors are only enforced for Dangerous Goods vehicles, the applications for the products are much further reaching. “Any vehicle that rolls over and still has power running has a risk of an electrical spark that could cause a fire. All vehicles can benefit from the BMIS and ROS combo.”

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New Kenworth starter technology

At the Mid America Truck show, which starts this week, Kenworth have announced a new technology starter system for production trucks. The US truck makers will now offer the Maxwell Technologies ultra-capacitor-based Engine Start Module (ESM) as a factory-installed option on new Kenworth T680 and T880 trucks in the US market. Read more

Common Starting Issues in Trucking Applications

So you think your starter motor is on the blink (again!), and with a full truck you’re sitting idle by the side of the highway halfway between where you came from and where you want to be, with a deadline looming and a crusty and inconsiderate client. And you’re cursing why your repairer can’t put a decent starter in your rig instead of the obvious Chinese/American/European piece of junk he’s used.

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