Bergstrom enters strategic partnership with KBi/Kold-Ban

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Updated Jan 25, 2011

Bergstrom Inc., manufacturer of battery-powered Nite no-idle systems, has entered into a strategic partnership with KBi/Kold-Ban International to help market and provide sales leads for KBi’s KAPower super capacitor system. The partnership is intended to capitalize on the research, development and manufacturing strengths of KBi and the technical expertise and relationships of Bergstrom’s Nite system.

“This is a natural fit for us as well as KBi” says Bill Gordon, Bergstrom vice president of sales aftermarket and Nite. “Super capacitors can allow for the reduction in the number of starting batteries and therefore result in significant weight reductions. We’re very excited about being able to help our customers make their Nite systems even more effective.”

KAPower is designed as a supplemental power source to be installed in parallel with cranking batteries, thereby providing an engine the power it needs to start, even with a run-down battery. The KAPower is energized initially from the vehicle’s electrical system and stores the energy until needed. KBi says KAPower has a long service life of 500,000-plus cycles, is virtually unaffected by cold temperatures and is maintenance-free. By substituting a KAPower in place of a group 31 battery, KAPower also can help to achieve weight reduction of a vehicle without the loss of cranking power, the company says.

As a battery-powered no-idling system, the Nite systems incorporates an independent battery power source to provide electric service for climate control, which helps drivers reduce emissions and comply with anti-idling laws. It also helps save money on fuel.