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Prestolite Electric Announces New Alternator Line

Prestolite Electric recently announced that it will begin producing a new line of Leece-Neville IdlePro Extreme 24V 600- and 680-amp brushless alternators later this year at its manufacturing facility in Arcade, New York.


The new production line is being added at the 350,000-square-foot facility due to increasing demand from several North American customers, primarily for military and marine applications, among others, according to the company.

“Leece-Neville IdlePro Extreme 24V 600- and 680-amp high-efficiency/high-output alternators deliver exceptional output at low engine speeds, in a lighter weight and lower maintenance package,” the company said in a news release. “It has the power to meet and maintain vehicle system voltage requirements, which results in better battery life and greater overall vehicle uptime.”

IdlePro Extreme alternators feature Isolated Ground technology that eliminates stray voltage and protects the engine from potentially severe electrolytic damage, according to the company. The technology eliminates electrical noise that can cause ghost or false engine codes, resulting in unnecessary diagnostic troubleshooting and increased vehicle downtime.

“This new production line strengthens our ability to meet the unique demands of our strategic OE customers in various industries, including military, marine, industrial, rail and other extreme-use applications,” said Nick Laenen, Prestolite Electric vice president of sales for North America, South America and Australia. “As one of the few commercial-vehicle alternator manufacturers in the United States, we have a very talented and experienced workforce that, when combined with our responsive, easy-to-do business philosophy, helps us maintain a high level of quality for our customers.”

Limited production will begin in the fourth quarter of 2020, with high production beginning Jan. 1, 2021, according to the company. The Arcade facility is IATF 16949- and ISO 14001:2015-certified and produces alternators and starters for Class 5 through Class 8 commercial vehicles.

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