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Idle Mitigation

Battery-Powered Idle Mitigation Systems

There are costs associated with manufacturing and production that many OEMs and other equipment manufacturers may not even know they have (at least until they start to pile up). One of these that we see come up time and time again is vehicle idling.

Without an idle mitigation system (or something that causes engine shutoff at stop), an idling work machine is costing you money in both the short and the long term. In the short term, vehicle idling leads to a waste of fuel and other resources. And in the long term, excessive idling can wear on an engine or power system, leading to more repairs and shorter lifespans for mobile industrial equipment.

With an idle reduction system, many of these issues can be solved. An idle mitigation system (or IMS) is a family of technology that gives us the ability to transform a heavy work vehicle with a standard engine into a hybrid work machine. And save OEMs time and money in the short and long term.

Eliminate Unnecessary Idling

An idle reduction system is designed to reduce (or in some cases, eliminate) costly work vehicle idling. Even on an active jobsite, there will always be downtime for individual machines. And while those mobile machines are sitting idle, money is being wasted.

If you’re looking to decrease fuel consumption, reduce emissions, and lower vehicle operational costs, then an idle mitigation system for your work vehicle may be the solution.

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Benefits of Idle Reduction Systems

Idling reduction technologies generally have three primary characteristics. First, they are installed directly onto the vehicle or somewhere nearby at the job location. Second, they are able to reduce or eliminate unnecessary idling of the main engine of the vehicle. And third, they’re able to provide functions that would otherwise require main engine power (for example, heating, air conditioning, or other electrical operations).

The move towards sustainable manufacturing and emission reduction is one many in the industrial world are making. While many of these moves may not be mandated (yet), there are other benefits for production and for your bottom line.

Conserving vehicle energy equates to saving money. But vehicle idle reduction also also means you can

Reduce emissions significantly

Lower fuel usage

Mitigate engine noise

Expect fewer maintenance hours

Cut heat exhaust during operation

Lessen powertrain wear

Industrial Vehicle Idling

No industrial vehicle can run all the time without causing damage. This can come in the form of wear and tear, emissions, noise pollution, and a variety of other issues. As diesel fuel costs are rising, it makes less and less sense to rely only on fuel to power your mobile equipment the entire time it’s running.

An efficient battery-powered idle mitigation system is capable of automatically switching off the engine when it’s not needed. This leads to a reduction in operation costs through lower fuel consumption and long-term engine wear. Often, these costs are seen as the cost of doing business. These days, that doesn’t have to be the case.

Get your fuel costs, maintenance times, and emission levels under control with

Emission reduction

Chassis engine auto-shutdown


Fast restart times

Longer machine lifespan

Less maintenance downtime

Battery-Powered Emissions Reduction

For heavy and medium duty idle mitigation, a lithium-ion battery idle mitigation system is one of the most efficient means of cutting costs, emissions, and wasted time.

If full vehicle electrification is not a move you’re ready or able to make, creating a hybrid vehicle power system through idling reduction technologies may be the next best step.

Implementing an idle reduction system creates a fully integrated system that works with the existing electrical and HVAC systems in the vehicle. They’re able to supply full automatic air conditioning and heating as well as full power to onboard electronics (such as radio, lights, and inverters).

All without having to run the main engine.

These types of systems have been installed in medium and heavy duty work vehicles in a wide range of industries, including

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Frequently Asked Questions

Reducing engine idling effectively saves both fuel and money. But it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions, noise pollution, as well as vehicle wear and tear. While saving fuel may be one of the primary drivers for companies looking to make this switch, it is by no means the only benefit of a hybrid vehicle engine system.

Yes. Leaving a vehicle idling damages the engine and causes excess strain over time. As a result, owners and manufacturers will see an increased need for maintenance and repairs over the lifespan of the vehicle. Reducing vehicle idling also reduces the costs associated with extended idling.

Excessive vehicle idling is defined as “maintaining a stopped vehicle with the engine running for five minutes or longer.” With such a low threshold for what is considered vehicle idling, virtually no work machines are immune to some amount of idling. That’s why we encourage owners and manufacturers to make the switch to idle mitigation.

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Why Cross Idle Mitigation?

When operating or manufacturing a work vehicle, many factors are thought of as the cost of doing business. This includes fuel, maintenance, repairs, and many other considerations. However, there is a way to cut these costs.

Implementing an idle reduction system for work vehicles can efficiently reduce your emissions and maintenance costs while improving your fuel efficiency.

If you’re considering making the switch to a hybrid system using idle reduction technologies, we’d love to hear about it. Contact a Cross Mobile Systems Integration expert today to discuss how idle mitigation can benefit you.

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