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Cummins - Peterbilt SuperTruck uses Leece-Neville AVi160 - 240 amp alternator

Peterbilt Motors Company, a division of PACCAR (Nasdaq: PCAR), and Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI), announced earlier this year that the latest version of their SuperTruck demonstration tractor-trailer achieved 10.7 mpg last month under real-world driving conditions.

We are proud to be part of this endeavor, as our 240 amp AVi160 alternator is being utilized on this advanced vehicle system.

From the press release:

Developing a truck that could meet or exceed 10 mpg when fully loaded was considered unlikely, if not impossible, just a few years back, with most trucks averaging between 5.5 and 6.5 mpg. However, with advances in engines, aerodynamics and more, SuperTruck has proven that 10 mpg is attainable.

SuperTruck averaged a 75 percent increase in fuel economy, a 43 percent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and an 86 percent gain in freight efficiency in 24-hour, head-to-head testing against a 2009 baseline truck - all significant improvements.


The Class 8 Peterbilt Model 579, powered by a Cummins ISX15 engine, achieved 10.7 mpg during testing last month between Denton, Texas, and Vernon, Texas. The 312-mile route was the same one used two years ago, when the first version of the Cummins-Peterbilt SuperTruck averaged just under 10 mpg. The testing in both instances was conducted on a round-trip basis, to negate any wind advantage that might have been gained by traveling one way, and each tractor-trailer had a combined gross weight of 65,000 lb running at 64 mph. A longer, 500-mile route between Denton and Memphis, Texas, was also used to demonstrate the vehicle's fuel-efficiency improvement over a 24-hour test cycle.

The increase in fuel economy for the Cummins-Peterbilt SuperTruck would save about $27,000 annually per truck based on today's diesel fuel prices for a long-haul truck traveling 120,000 miles (193,121 km) per year. It would also translate into a more than 43 percent reduction in annual GHG emissions per truck. The potential savings in fuel and GHGs are enormous, given that there are about 2 million registered tractor-trailers on U.S. roads today, according to the American Trucking Associations.

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Prestolite Announces AVi2800 12 Volt, 190 Amp Alternator

Prestolite AVi2800 AlternatorPrestolite is proud to announce the release of the AVi2800 internal fan alternators.

Available in J180 and Pad Mount, these 12 volt, 190 amp units were designed specifically as updated model versions of the 2500/2800 series. High temperature rated, with remote sense capabilities these units are built for today's demanding applications.

Featuring 30 additional amps of power while weighing 30% less, the new AVi2800 are valued additions to our proven AVi line of alternators.

From the flyer:

Leece-Neville 2800 Series alternators have been powering heavy duty applications since the 1990’s. They’ve earned a reputation as solid, stable, workhorse alternators. Featuring both dependability and high output at idle, it has performed exceedingly well in these demanding applications.

Leece-Neville, continuing to work hard to improve and modernize our designs, is proud to announce the successor to the line, the new AVi2800 alternator. Featuring a compact, internal fan design, this unit provides 30 additional amps of power in a package that is 33% lighter than the original 2800.

The AVi2800 has been specifically designed to provide the low RPM power envelope that is required in these types of applications. Built on a platform with millions of over-the-road miles, in some of the harshest environments in North America, the AVi alternator series is the new industry standard.

M110R2606SE - New Product Announcement

M110R2606SE Starter MotorLeece-Neville North America releases new M110R2606SE starter motor for Navistar MaxxForce 11 & 13 liter engines. You can download a pdf of the product announcement here:


Mike Davis, Senior Technical Service Representative for Prestolite Electric (Leece Neville) received an award and recognition from Paschall Truck Lines Inc. (PTL). He was named to PTL’s Maintenance Vendor Hall of Fame for 2011; consistently demonstrating traits of professionalism, technical expertise and continual support of PTL’s quest for excellence.

Working closely with PTL service technicians, Mike worked diligently to solve issues specific to the charging system, but not related to the heavy duty, high amperage alternators manufactured by Prestolite Electric (Leece Neville) and specified on the PTL Navistar Class 8 trucks.

The system changes implemented by Mike and the PTL team generated a six figure cost savings, resulting in a significant bottom line improvement. PTL’s resolution to their problem is an illustration of the Prestolite focus on customer support, truly living up to PTL’s quest for excellence. The entire global Prestolite team congratulates Mike, an exemplary team member driven to exceed customer expectations.

M110R Starter Motor Quick Cross Reference Guide

With the launch of our new M110R starter motors, we have created a cross reference chart for your convenience. M110R Starter Motor Quick Cross Reference Guide

  • The front of the chart is arranged by our M110R part number with the respective competitor cross reference numbers.
  • The back of the chart is arranged by the competitor numbers with our respective M110R part number.

Now you can easily see the cross reference for any model at a glance. Just download the flyer number FL1192 and post it on your counter for quick reference.


Thomas Built BusThomas Built Bus awarded Prestolite Electric (Leece Neville) the Gold Award at the Thomas Built Bus Supplier Conference which took place in Greensboro, NC on September 12-14 2011. Prestolite was one of fifteen suppliers to earn this honor out of the top 100 suppliers.

The categories scored were: warranty, purchasing, quality and logistics. Prestolite (Leece Neville) performed outstanding in all the categories, joining the other chosen suppliers supporting Thomas Bus’s manufacturing goals.

Prestolite (Leece Neville) was also one of four finalists in the Supplier of the Year.

Thomas Built Bus is one of North America's leading bus manufacturers, a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, a Daimler company and the largest heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America.

As always please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or comments.

M110R2602SE Starter Motor - New Product Announcement

M110R2602SEWe are pleased to announce the launch of a new model of the M110R starter motor. The M110R2602SE is a 12V, 7kW starter designed to fit the Mack MP8 and Volvo D13 engines.

See the attached flyer and product announcement for more details.


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.”

Prestolite Distributor Listing Now Integrated With Google Maps

Google Maps LogoFirst, let me say something that isn't said nearly often enough. Prestolite Electric has the best, most qualified, most knowledgeable and highly trained aftermarket distribution channel of any company in business today. Period. These are the folks on the front lines (you know who you are), the ones that have been crawling in, under and around the heavy trucks and equipment where you'll find our products. These are the guys and girls that keep the entire world moving, because just about everything you see around you on every single day was, in whole or in part, delivered or handled by one or more of these pieces of equipment. And I just want to say 'Thank you' to everyone out there that works so hard to keep these vehicles up and running.

One of the things we've struggled with over the years is a way to let consumers know where it is they can find this expertise. To address this we've been working hard to update and centralize the information about our distributors, and have now integrated that information with Google Maps on our main website.