Matco Tools truck

Volta Power, Summit Bodyworks deliver anti-idling solution

March 2, 2020
Matco franchisees’ mobile tool trucks now feature quieter, energy-saving systems that cut maintenance costs

Volta Power Systems and Summit Bodyworks recently formed a new partnership with Matco Tools to offer an idle-free, lithium ion power system to Matco franchisees.

Matco Tools recently released a new line of trucks featuring the energy-saving systems. The Volta systems will enable Matco Tool franchisees to save on maintenance costs and provide their shoppers a quiet retail environment by eliminating the need to continually idle their truck, the companies said.

“We’re excited to be able to offer our franchisees and customers a better, quieter, more environmentally conscious shopping and selling experience,” said Tim Gilmore, president of Matco Tools. “The Volta system will also help our franchisees cut maintenance costs by cutting the strain of continuous engine idling.”

As of August 2019, more than half of all US states have idling-reduction or restrictive emissions laws. In addition to environmental impact, fuel and oil changes can cost more than $8,300 per year for mobile retail trucks just from idling, according to some estimates.

“Our team is ecstatic to be able to partner with Matco and help them move their fleet into the future of energy, making sure they have all the idle-free power they’ll need to keep their business running smoothly wherever they are,” said Jack Johnson, CEO of Volta.

The all-day power system includes an automotive-grade, NMC lithium ion storage pack that will provide Matco trucks with 18,000 Whs of storage and 3.6 kW of 120 AC (30A). The system provides all the energy operators need to power air conditioning, lighting, computer systems and more, the companies claimed. Franchisees can recharge their systems overnight and take the power with them during the day.

“We’re always looking for ways to empower our clients through innovative technologies,” said Chris Munson, general manager at Summit Bodyworks. “Partnering with Volta to give Matco Tools a cost-effective, green fleet solution is alignment with our mission.”

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