PRNewswire-FirstCall: Maxwell Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MXWL) and Kromberg & Schubert GmbH & Co. KG, a supplier of wire harnesses to the automotive industry, have signed a memorandum of understanding outlining terms of an alliance to incorporate Maxwell's BOOSTCAP(R) ultracapacitors into a highly efficient, low-cost, engine starting system for automobiles.
Dr. Richard Balanson, Maxwell's president and chief executive officer, said that extensive testing and analysis confirm that an ultracapacitor-based starter power node located in close proximity to the starter will not only improve starting performance, but also enable reductions in system cost, complexity and weight.
"Incorporating ultracapacitors to relieve the battery of the demanding short-duration, high-current, starting load provides several benefits, including extending battery life, downsizing the battery and reducing cabling," Balanson said. "Kromberg's wire harness and electronic systems design expertise and established relationships with automakers around the world make it an ideal development partner for this kind of system."
Arthur Kurz, manager electronic integration, said that ultracapacitors' burst power capabilities, cold temperature performance and long cycle life make them particularly well-suited for vehicle starting.