LOWELL, Ark. — Purkeys recently conducted studies on solar panels to better understand how to integrate solar charging into their current liftgate charging system line.

The research led to the invention of the Solar Bolt, an innovative way to increase charging opportunities. The Solar Bolt is designed to allow liftgate batteries to be charged by solar energy even when the vehicle is running. It is the only charger of it’s kind because it works in conjunction with the vehicle’s electrical system.

This charging system can be installed onto a trailer or straight truck, allowing liftgate batteries to charge when solar energy is available.

Purkeys conducted the research by installing three solar panels on a trailer and putting the controller in the liftgate battery box. The data loggers on the trailers measured the voltage batters, current coming from the solar panels and the current going from the batteries into the liftgate motors. The measurements provided the necessary information to understand how well the solar panel functions within the system.

For more than 25 years, Purkeys has delivered innovative, cost-effective solutions for the electrical needs of heavy-duty fleets. They look at the electrical system as a whole, then strategically work to achieve the maximum return on investment while reducing maintenance costs and equipment usage. Their level of expertise has garnered more than 10 U.S. patents and attracted the attention of fleets, OEMs and other industry leaders throughout North America. For more information please go to purkeys.net.

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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