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Daimler Selects Prestolite Alternators for Certain 2019, 2020 Models

September 05, 2017

Photo: Prestolite Electric
Photo: Prestolite Electric

Prestolite Electric, manufacturer and supplier of starters and alternators, has been awarded standard position by Daimler Trucks North America on several new commercial vehicles launching in multiple markets between late 2019 and early 2020.

DTNA has selected products from Prestolite’s IdlePro family of alternators to appear on Freightliner severe-duty and Western Star commercial trucks in North America, as well as Freightliner right-hand drive trucks bound for Australia and New Zealand.

Prestolite’s IdlePro and IdlePro Extreme alternators include advanced features like Isolated Ground Technology, which is designed to protect engines from potentially severe electrolytic damage caused by stray voltage.

“Being awarded standard position with Daimler Trucks North America further reinforces Prestolite Electric’s position as a global market leader in rotating electrical technology,” said Nick Laenen, vice president, North America, South America, Australia sales and marketing, Prestolite Electric. “The new IdlePro and IdlePro Extreme family of alternators offers enhanced performance capabilities and industry-best output at low engine speeds, and we’re excited for the opportunity to make this proven technology available to Daimler’s discerning customers.”


  1. 1. Kevin Scarbel [ September 06, 2017 @ 09:20PM ]

    Just to keep the record clear, Prestolite Electric was acquired by Chinese government-backed Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor Co. Ltd. in 2015.

    Some North American customers might take issue with having party-built starters and alternators in their DTNA vehicles.


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