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Every business wants to do their part and build towards a cleaner future thats better for us all. But you may be asking yourself, is it even possible to reduce idle times? For mobile businesses, reducing emissions and idle times is a critical step you can take to promoting sustainability and repair the impact we've had on the environmental.

Over the last 15 years we have worked with countless fleets with their on-board power systems. Over this time we have noticed the quality of these systems improve at a rapid rate. Every day we are seeing an more and more mobile businesses becoming aware of their carbon footprint and are looking at more sustainable solutions. In this article we'll share some tips for how you can do your part by reducing emissions and idle times.

fully electric fleet vehicle with energy hub
EV Vehicle using a Fully Electric Auxulliary Power System - Courtesy of Bri-Stor Systems
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    For a mobile businesses that relies on welfare vehicles for transportation or technicians, it may feel like your options are limited. Your operatives may need to run powerful equipment, that can only work while the engine is running, leading to a lot of time spent with the vehicle on idle. You might even have equipment that is so power demanding, that a generator or PTO system is the only solution powerful enough to get the job done.

    This may have been the case, up until now. The advacements in lithium battery storage have been astonishing in the last few years; As such, we are now able to offer fully electric onboard power systems that can rival, and in some cases, surpass the traditional fuel burning alternative. Its these exact advancements that have paved the way for us to finally be able to reduce idle times.

    Electric Auxiliary Power System

    Many mobile businesses, such as food trucks or construction vehicles, require power to operate their equipment and tools. Traditionally, this power has been supplied by a power take-off (PTO) system or a generator, which can be noisy, polluting, and require constant maintenance. However its now more possible than ever, for mobile businesses to switch over to using fully electric systems. These offer several advantages over traditional power sources, including being safer and better for the environment.

    This means everyone now has the option to make the switch from a PTO or generator system to using a fully electric lithium powered one. Not convinced? Here are some of the benefits:

    Noise Reduction:

    One of the most significant advantages of using a lithium-powered electric system is the drastic reduction in noise levels. Traditional generator systems can be very noisy, causing disturbance to nearby residents and employees. In contrast, lithium-powered electric systems are virtually silent, allowing for a much more pleasant working environment and less disturbance to nearby areas.

    Emissions Reduction:

    PTO and generator systems can be significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, contributing to climate change and poor air quality. This is not new information, but recently we've noticed more and more sites are actually banning the use of generators on their premises. We expect these kind of rules to become more commonplace, making it absolutely precident to reduce idle times for all fuel burning vehicles.

    With that in mind, there has never been a better choice than for your business to incorporate a full electric power system instead. They produce zero emissions and are entirely clean and sustainable. Plus they're incredibly modular and can easily incorporate renewable energy sources such as solar panels.

    Reduced Maintenance:

    PTO and generator systems can require frequent maintenance and repairs, which can be expensive and time-consuming. Should you want your generator to last you at least 3 years, you'll have to constantly re-invest in maintenance costs and battle with the everchanging fuel prices.

    This is not the case at all with Lithium-powered electric systems. In fact they require very minimal maintenance, with no need for oil changes, belt replacements, or other routine maintenance. The only "maintenance" you'll have to worry about, is simply making sure its charged.

    Increased Efficiency:

    Lithium-powered electric systems are more efficient than traditional PTO and generator systems and thats a fact. They result in much lower energy consumption and offer even greater cost savings in the long run. They can also be recharged quickly, making them far more practical and reliable as a power source for your mobile businesses.

    Not only that, but they are not restricted by how you charge them. Long gone are the days of "cycling" a battery; So long as you keep your lithium battery charged between 20% - 80% you'll be fully operation for years to come.

    Improved Flexibility:

    PTO systems can only be installed on specific types of vehicles and are very expensive and uneconomical to remove. This is not the case with an electric auxiliary power system as they can be disassembled and re-deployed between vehicles.

    Lithium-powered electric systems offer increased flexibility, allowing mobile businesses to operate in a wider range of locations as well as an even wider range of vehicles. An electric auxiliary power system can be installed almost anywhere, even in the back of an upcycled Boeing 737 galley! They also allow businesses to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and promote a more sustainable and marketable business model.

     

     

    Switch to Eco-Friendly Power

    Switching from a PTO or generator system to a fully electric lithium-powered system can offer several advantages for mobile businesses, including noise reduction, emissions reduction, reduced maintenance, increased efficiency, and improved flexibility. While there may be some upfront costs associated with this switch, the long-term benefits of increased sustainability and cost savings can make it a worthwhile investment for businesses looking to improve their environmental impact and promote a more efficient, sustainable business model.

    Reducing idling times in vehicles has several positive impacts on the environment, particularly on the ecosystem. Idling contributes to air pollution and increases the emission of greenhouse gases, which can have harmful effects on the environment and human health. This is why its more important than ever to switch to a reliable and sustainable, electric auxilliary power system.

    Auxillary power systems come in all different sizes and scales. Below we've outlined a few solutions that incorporate themselves perfectly into both small family-sized businesses and large scale corporate fleets.

    EnergyHub

    The Energy Hub is flexible energy solution for in-vehicle power. Its designed for fast and easy deployment in-vehicle, the Energy Hub is a powerful, integrated, fanless and silent lithium-based system that provides compact and efficient DC and AC energy to power auxiliary loads. Perfect for small businesses or large welfare fleets.

    Find out more in the video below.

    With high performance and a small footprint, The Energy Hub is the perfect companion
    for all these vehicle-based applications and more.

    Are you're looking for a system thats capable of outputting large ammounts of power? Maybe you need a solution that can maximise your energy storage, or maybe your demands are somewhere inbetween. Whatever the case, the Pro Energy Pack is certified to satisfy.

    ProEnergyPack

    The Pro Energy Pack V2 Configuration 

    Utilising leading-edge technology to create an intelligent high power, in-vehicle solution, you can say goodbye to generator and PTO system. Not only does it replace them, but it is successfully reduces onboard weight, install space, emissions and maintenence costs.

    Continue to power demanding loads such as air compressors, welders, electric stoves, and tyre balancing equipment with no compromise. Utilising the Pro Energy Pack will reduce payloads, reduce fuel consumption, reduce your emissions and reduce running costs. You can increase your on board power equipment life with a flexible, industrial grade solution that works better for you, and our planet.

    The Pro Energy Pack is an incredible solution, but what it offers above all else is scalability. Whether you have low or high power requirements, there is a Pro Energy Pack configuration thats perfect for you.

    For more details visit The Pro Energy Pack, or get in contact with PPT today!

    In summary, reducing idling times in vehicles can have significant positive impacts on the ecosystem. By improving air quality, mitigating climate change, reducing noise pollution, and reducing water pollution, mobile businesses can promote a more sustainable and environmentally friendly business model. Implementing strategies such as route optimization, driver training, and technology such as GPS tracking and telematics can help businesses to reduce idling times and achieve these positive impacts on the ecosystem.

    Real World Examples of Electric Auxiliary Power Systems

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