Idle Smart Solution Overview
WHAT IS IDLE SMART?
Idle Smart is a proprietary automated engine start stop solution that reduces fleets' fuel consumption as well as vehicle downtime caused by dead batteries and cold start conditions.
IS IDLE SMART AN AUXILIARY POWER UNIT (APU)?
No. Idle Smart uses the vehicle's engine and existing HVAC to heat and cool the cabin, charge batteries, and warm the engine and fuel lines. With Idle Smart, there's no second power unit, no extra maintenance, and no extra weight.
DO OUR DRIVERS NEED TO TURN ON IDLE SMART EACH DAY?
No. Idle Smart is automatically engaged when the key is placed in the "Off" position or out of the ignition altogether. As a result, drivers do not need to do anything to enable Idle Smart. This allows fleets to get the maximum benefit from Idle Smart without adding any more work to a driver's day.
CAN OUR DRIVERS CHANGE IDLE SMART’S SETTINGS?
Only if you choose to allow them to. By default, Idle Smart is password protected and so drivers don't have permission to change any Idle Smart settings. All parameters and settings are controlled wirelessly through Idle Smart's Fleet Management Software.
DOES IDLE SMART AUTOMATICALLY MONITOR BATTERY VOLTAGE LEVELS?
Yes. Idle Smart's Battery Protect™ continuously monitors both main and auxiliary battery voltage levels and will automatically start the vehicle and run it until the desired voltage level or state of charge is reached.
DOES IDLE SMART PROTECT AGAINST COLD STARTS DURING COLD WEATHER MONTHS?
Yes. Because Idle Smart continuously monitors both ambient and engine temperature, Idle Smarts Cold Weather Guard™ will automatically start a vehicle when the outside temperature falls below a programmed temperature (e.g., 10 degrees) and run the vehicle until the engine reaches an operating range (e.g., 140 degrees).
WHAT IS IDLE SMART'S FLEET MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE SUITE?
Idle Smart's Fleet Management Software Suite allows a fleet manger complete control of Idle Smart's parameters from anywhere in North America. Whether it be at a vehicle, terminal, or fleet level, our Fleet Management Software will provide operational reporting and diagnostic alerts to ensure that you are always getting the most benefit from Idle Smart.
DOES IDLE SMART WORK WITH ALL VEHICLES, TRANSMISSIONS AND ENGINES?
Idle Smart is designed and optimized to work with any 2007 and newer vehicle, regardless of make, transmission, or engine.
HOW MUCH MONEY CAN I SAVE WITH IDLE SMART?
A lot. And while every fleet is different - preferred OEM, length of haul, geography, weight, you name it - we are confident that an investment in Idle Smart will pay for itself within one year. For example, a vehicle that's on the road 45 weeks a year and have 40 hours of overnight idle during those weeks, using the low end of typical results (50% reduction in idling) would generate roughly $2,500 per year in fuel savings.
General Idle Smart Questions
HOW CAN I PURCHASE IDLE SMART FOR OUR FLEET?
For more information about the best way for you to purchase Idle Smart for your fleet, please feel free to contact us at (913) 744-4353 and one of our team members will be happy to help.
HOW MUCH DOES THE IDLE SMART SOLUTION WEIGH?
Fully installed, the Idle Smart solution weighs around 5 pounds.
IS IDLE SMART TRANSFERRABLE ACROSS VEHICLES?
Yes. Idle Smart can be transferred across vehicles and is not dependent upon the engine type.
Service & Support
WHAT IF WE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH OR QUESTION ABOUT IDLE SMART?
Idle Smart has a dedicated customer support line to answer any questions you might have about your implementation. Please feel free to call us at (913) 744-4357 to reach one of Idle Smart's team members.
HOW DOES IDLE SMART AFFECT MY STARTER?
Idle Smart has been developed with today's starters in mind and is designed to work seamlessly with them. In addition, since most starters on the market today have over crank protection capabilities, there is an added layer of protection from thermal damage.
DOES IDLE SMART VOID MY TRUCK WARRANTY?
No. Idle Smart has been designed with your truck in mind and has no effect on its warranty.
WILL IDLE SMART AFFECT MY ALTERNATOR?
No, Idle Smart will not negatively affect your vehicle's alternator or its performance in any way.