Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. (MFTA) has announced that it has developed an Idle Limit System (ILS) option that can be applied to any of its 2012 through 2015 model-year FUSO Canter work trucks. The ILS programming can be activated at a port-of-entry or by any authorized Mitsubishi Fuso dealer. It can be set at the time of programming to shut the engine down after three, five or ten minutes of idle duration. Since the system employs existing switches and sensors, no additional hardware is required, according to the company.
“More and more jurisdictions are enacting idle-limiting legislation, and we realize this puts a burden on the operators of our medium-duty trucks,” said Todd Bloom, MFTA’s president and CEO. “Our new ILS option will provide FUSO owners who operate in those jurisdictions with a simple solution. At the same time, many fleets may be interested in ILS to help them reduce fuel consumption and contain fuel costs. This is important to providing lower cost-of-ownership, which is the paramount goal of our Canter FE/FG-series trucks.”
The ILS will cancel engine shutdown if the truck is operating in any advanced-idle mode, as might be required by a transmission PTO, engine clutch pump or chassis-engine-driven refrigeration compressor, according to the company. If no advanced-idle operation is detected, the ILS will shut the engine down after the prescribed duration, if the engine has reached normal operating temperature and the vehicle is in Park or Neutral.