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Is solar a viable ancillary power option for heavy-duty trucks?

Jason Morgan is the editor of Fleet Equipment. He has more than 14 years of B2B journalism experience covering the likes of trucking and construction equipment, real estate, movies and craft beer industries.


Every day the sun sends its powerful rays to Earth. In fact, NASA satellite missions have noted that “at Earth’s average distance from the Sun (about 150 million kilometers), the average intensity of solar energy reaching the top of the atmosphere directly facing the Sun is about 1,360 watts per square meter.” That’s enough to power 136 100-watt light bulbs (I like easy math), but what about enough to provide heavy-duty trucks with ancillary power for increased start-ability, for example?

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To find out, I connected with DJ Hasler, strategic account manager at Xantrex, to detail the capabilities of today’s solar solutions and dig through the use cases for harnessing the sun’s rays to your fleet’s advantage. Watch the video above for the details.

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