eNow announces wireless monitoring for its solar-based solutions for commercial transportation

3/14/17

eNow announced the availability of its Wireless Monitoring System for commercial transportation. The primary purpose of the system is to provide commercial vehicles with a state of charge (SOC) and state of health of the batteries. A key advantage of eNow’s solution is that it looks at both the source and usage of power, enabling one to understand the power balance between all inputs and outputs. As such it is both a battery and power management system, with the ability to also monitor air conditioning, hotel loads, and liftgate usage. It can be easily accessed via smartphone, PC, Mac, or tablet. 

eNow’s new sensors can now provide a better management view of the battery health of an entire truck fleet and can be monitored from a remote location and displayed on a smartphone. Such monitoring can prevent problems such as liftgate failure due to lack of battery power. In addition to being able to measure both incoming and outgoing power, it also stores data in the cloud, making it easily accessible. 

As the market leader in designing, developing and manufacturing solar-based power systems for the commercial trucking, RV, and Marine industries, eNow’s solutions are known for their durability, superior power, low cost, and quick return on investment. Over the past several years, eNow has made great progress within the transportation industry, including partnerships with industry leaders such as Dometic Group, Mitsubishi Fuso, Freightliner, Navistar, IdleAir and Vanner. The eNow solar solution is sold through OEMs and Aftermarket Dealers. 



“This new solution fits in with our overall vision to make life easier and more prosperous for fleet owners and commercial drivers as well as to help the environment,” said Jeff Flath, founder and chief executive officer, eNow. “Preventative maintenance saves both time and money, which is what this system enables one to do. Combine that with the most powerful solar panels for transportation in the industry and you have a win-win situation all around.”

The wireless battery monitor is a device that collects data on the charging and discharging of a battery or bank of batteries. It is typically located near the battery. The current flowing in and out of the battery is measured by installing the device in series with the negative or positive leads of the battery. The device measures the voltage of the battery. It includes a temperature sensor either built into the device or externally that will connect to the battery case or terminal.  It also has a real-time clock, memory, and internal battery to maintain data and time when not connected to a power source or the cloud. The fact that this system can also be used to monitor air conditioning, hotel loads, and liftgate usage makes it an indispensable tool for commercial transportation.

 
eNow Solar Savings online calculator 
eNow also announced it developed the eNow Savings Calculator to accurately gauge just how much a vehicle can expect to save by deploying eNow’s Energy-as-a-Service (EAS) solar panel solutions. The online calculator breaks down savings for each of the areas eNow’s solutions, including battery charge, safety lighting systems, no idle HVAC systems, lift gate battery systems, and refrigeration systems (hybrid cold plate). 

“We wanted to be able to make the cost savings easy to calculate and have provided a seamless platform on which to do so,” said Flath. “As the first such calculator of its kind, we expect it to be widely deployed by current and potential customers.”

The online calculator further calculates savings based on cost of installation, years equipment will be in service, eligibility for Federal Solar Tax Credit, eligibility for Depreciation Credit, state tax rate, federal tax rate, and company income. Such calculations will allow for an accurate estimate of fuel savings and also take into account financing plans. 

Through Ascentium Capital, eNow can offer financing (for qualified customers) for the solar panels, the batteries and electronics where the customer can apply for the 30% Tax Credit and Section 179 Bonus Depreciation. Ascentium Capital also offers no payments for three months as well, and terms up to 48 months. Payback on the cost of eNow installations tends to occur within the first year based on overall fuel savings. Generous financing plan terms mean that eNow customers can earn such payback with no money down. 

To try the eNow Savings Calculator, enowenergy.com/enow-savings-calculator

For more information, visit enowenergy.com.