US / North America

United States and North America

Prestolite AVI160 Now Standard Equipment on Navistar HD Truck

Prestolite Electric, a division of Leece-Neville Heavy Duty Systems, manufacturer of engine components and vehicle electric power solutions, was recently awarded standard alternator position at Navistar.

As a leading manufacturer of commercial trucks, Navistar selected the AVI160 (170 amps) as the standard heavy duty alternator. “The AVI160 product series is an All-Star performer in our portfolio and we are pleased that Navistar choosing to make it standard position,” says Don Yates, OEM Sales Manager. The AVI160 has proven itself as the standard position alternator on Navistar’s medium duty applications over the past two years. “It’s a high power density product that excels in today’s dynamic HD truck environment. We place a high value on our partnership with Navistar and being standard position is recognition that Navistar values the partnership as well.” explained Mr. Yates.

Prestolite Electric is a global supplier of alternators, starters, and new energy solutions for commercial truck, bus, off-road, military and electric vehicles. Over the past 100+ years, Prestolite Electric has established a reputation of world class customer service with an “Easy to do Business” philosophy.

AVi555P Breaking News!

Now available on Leece-Neville's market is the Pad Mount version of the AVi555. This lightweight unit packs a punch with its 12Volt 170Amp, state-of-art rotor design. This triple nickle alternator has joined the J180 mount design in providing our customers with the security of a solid, stable product line that they have been able to trust for over 20 years. The AVi555P is the most durable, reliable and greatest in its output class for all heavy duty alternators.


100 YearsPrestolite Electric (Leece-Neville) is celebrating 100 years of manufacturing in the USA. Founded in 1911 as Electric Autolite, the company produced generators to power early day auto lamps. First OE customers were Studebaker, Packard and Indiana Buggy Works.

From the early 1920's through the 1960's the company had such firsts as: Low Maintenance Batteries, Resistor Spark Plugs, Solid State Ignition Systems and a Fully Submersible Ignition. The product range was expanded to include Starting Motors, Regulators, Wire and Cable Products.

Over the years following, a strategy was evolving to position Prestolite Electric (Leece-Neville) into a global manufacturer of starters and alternators. The 80's saw the acquisition of the Leece-Neville Sheller Corp. and Butec Limited, Leyland, England. In 1998 the Company added Lucas, expanding the manufacturing footprint to Argentina and South Africa. That same year the alternator division of Motorola, located in Arcade, New York was acquired. The latest center of excellence was formed in 2000: the joint venture in Beijing, China forming Prestolite Electric Beijing Limited.

Prestolite Electric's (Leece-Neville) Arcade facility, located in New York, is the last remaining high-volume manufacturer of starters and alternators located in the USA. "We are here for the long-term, supporting our military and our regional and multi-national customers. We are a key part of the strategies our customers have shared with us." said Tony Wong, Vice President of Global Manufacturing and Quality.

"One Voice, One Family, One Company" is our motto. Whether it is our manufacturing locations in the USA, China, Argentina or the UK, Prestolite strives to exceed our customer’s expectations. The silos we operated in are a thing of the past. We are truly a global organization, with the benefits passing through to our customers." added Joe Lefave, President and CEO of Prestolite Electric Inc.

Prestolite Leece-Neville North America Investing in the Future with It's Realignment Plan

filenamePrestolite Leece-Neville is undergoing major improvements in it's North American Division which are designed to launch the division to becoming an even stronger OE manufacturing facility. “Due to customer inputs and suggestions, we were able to identify key areas where we could make a much more positive impact,” said Tony Wong, Vice President of Global Manufacturing and Quality.

“We restructured North America into one Team,” says Tony, “with new leadership in our Arcade manufacturing facility.” Prestolite Leece-Neville’s production teams have always had a good reputation with customers for their efforts and experience, and with a new IDEA (Improved Development with Employee Assistance) program their suggestions have led to countless improvements in quality, production flow, safety and cost savings. To optimize sub-assembly process flow the Kanban material system has been implemented, resulting in better process flow and raw material allocations.

The entire facility is receiving an internal face-lift, with emphasis on cleaner, safer and more efficient assembly areas. SPC has become the driving force for quality throughout the plant and the Continuous Improvement efforts have kicked into a higher gear.

“There has been investment in new gauging and testing technologies” added Tony, “and a considerable amount of new equipment implementation to improve our present capabilities.” There’s even the addition of the Project Room for the disciplined project management teams. “We’re making major strides towards a best in class company that can truly respond to our customer’s growing needs.”

Leece-Neville Announces Schol Bus Buyer's Guide Catalog

We are pleased to announce the publication of the new 2010 Buyer's Guide focused on the Bus Market in the US and Canada. An abbreviated version of our 2010 Alternator and Starter Motor Buyer's Guide, the catalog focuses on School Bus and Motorcoach applications for the US. With plenty of information specific to bus applications, the guide includes a look at the evolution of our products for this market, a sizing guide recommendation chart for alternators, a guide for starter motor nose housing rotations, along with plenty of product information and a supersedence chart.

Electric Drive-Line Brake Retarders - Charging Circuit Technical Bulletin (TSB-1117)

Electric Drive-Line Retarders Tech BulletinElectric drive-line brake retarders (such as those made by Telma) require cyclical high amperage demands from the battery and alternator when in use. Prestolite Electric recommends alternators with a minimum of 200 amp (12 volt) output for these applications, and in some cases outputs of 270 and 320 amp (12 volt) are required.
However, some OE vehicles (certain Mack Trucks, for example) come equipped with protective circuit breakers rated at 105 amp (12 volt) in the negative circuit near the battery. This can create severe service issues for these vehicles, and may falsely indicate that the alternator is not functioning correctly. Fortunately, this can be easily remedied in most cases.

New 220 and 245 Amp (12/14 volt) High Output, High Temperature Alternators Available!

220, 245 amp alternatorsLeece-Neville Heavy Duty Systems Division of Prestolite Electric announced today the addition of alternators with outputs of 220 amp and 245 amp (12 volt) to its line of popular high amperage 4000 series alternators. "The new models, available in both J180 and Pad mount design, fill a gap in our current lineup of high output alternators." says Jim Beirne, Executive VP Worldwide Sales and Marketing. "The new models incorporate all of the best design features our customers have come to expect in our alternators, including very high output at idle and the ability to run in high temperature environments. Best of all, we have been able to leverage manufacturing efficiencies utilizing our solid lead frame design to allow us to reduce the price of these units."


Brushless alternator wiring instructions - how to install the new 185 amp alternators (TSB-1057)

Brushless alternator wiringOur new brushless alternators, rated at 160 and 185 amp (12 volt) are universal replacement alternators. These alternators come standard with both remote sense and lamp driver connections, so they will work in almost any application that you'll run across. However, you're going to need to know how to wire them up correctly, so you should download this technical service bulletin and keep it handy!