As the winter period draws ever closer and temperatures begin to plummet, vehicle batteries will have to work increasingly hard to operate in the harsh conditions. The financial cost of a flat battery can easily escalate and with factors such as call-outs, vehicle down time, hire vehicle cost and potential loss of business, it is easy to see why Battery Guard is a must-have for many fleet operators.

Batteries hold their charge by a chemical reaction that takes place when a connection is made between the positive and negative terminals. In cold weather this reaction is slowed and the battery can easily run flat. Battery Guard eliminates flat batteries by isolating the power source when the voltage drops below a critical threshold, ensuring that your vehicle starts first time – every time.

According to the Department for Transport there are 34.4 million vehicles on the UK’s roads as of January 2012, making it is easy to see how flat batteries could have a catastrophic effect on both private and commercial users. Replacement vehicles, driver down time, call out costs and the potential loss of future business are all possible factors which could have as a result of a vehicle failing to start.

By constantly monitoring the available battery voltage when the engine is not running, Battery Guard is triggered if the vehicle’s battery falls below 24.1v or 12.1v (dependant one vehicle type) and isolates enough power so the engine can be started. Upon returning to the vehicle the driver is immediately alerted to the fall in voltage by a flashing dash mounted Battery Guard button. To start the vehicle the driver simply presses the button, restoring ignition power, and starts the engine.

Available for both 24 and 12 volt vehicles, Battery Guard also protects your battery against potential damage caused by jump starting and stress & strain on the alternator and starter motor. The system also features a programmable auditable alarm that can be linked to both voltage and time.

In addition to two 10A outputs that can be used to switch external alarms, Battery Guard can be fully integrated into the vehicles electrical system and will not cause any conflict or warranty issues on ECUs.

For further information on Battery Guard call Maple Fleet Services on 0161 429 1580.

No matter how big or small your fleet of vehicles the rising price of fuel will not have gone unnoticed and unfortunately the situation only looks to get worse in the future. Unable to absorb spiralling fuel costs, haulage companies are forced to pass on the price to the end user. With this in mind Maple Fleet Services are pleased to be able to offer a realistic fuel saving solution by the way of EconoSpeed.

EconoSpeed is an electronic interface that sits between the vehicles throttle and the engine’s ECU. By limiting the maximum road speed, RPM and the rate of acceleration, EconoSpeed effectively regulates how hard the engine is revved, helping to significantly improve fuel economy.

Designed to be used all year round, the EconoSpeed unit cannot be over ridden by the driver and importantly will not affect your manufacturer’s warranty. This proven fuel saving solution acts intelligently, varying the amount of throttle output sent to the ECU depending on whether the vehicle is travelling along a level road or climbing uphill.

Designed to be a ‘fit and forget system’ EconoSpeed does not require any driver training or long term management. Fuel savings begin as soon as the system is fitted to a vehicle and actively promotes a safer, more relaxed driving style.

Maple Fleet Services in the News

Posted: December 22, 2011 by maplematters in Uncategorized

As Maple Fleet Services continue to embrace new technologies and enter new markets within the transport arena, we have recently hit the headlines with our latest development for the aviation sector.

Read the full article here, about our new exciting trolley security system for use on aircraft. You can find out more about the system by contacting us on 0161 429 1580.

Maple Fleet Services are delighted to announce the launch of CatSecure, a new Catalytic Converter theft prevention device, for the Mercedes Sprinter.

The theft of Catalytic Converters has risen dramatically since the beginning of 2011. With the price of precious metals increasing, the scrap value for Catalytic Converters, which contains Platinum, Rhodium and Palladium, has gone through the roof.

Thieves, are unsurprisingly, targeting vehicles that enable quick and easy access to the cat, which has meantcommercial vehicles, like the Mercedes Sprinter, one of the most popular vans on the market has become coverted prey – and the favoured hunting ground is inevitably the fleet depot.

With the latest model of Euro 5 Sprinter (from 2009 onwards) the Catalytic Converter has been moved closer to the engine at the front of the vehicle. A determined thief can remove the cat in under 5 minutes, by activating the bonnet release (usually by smashing a cab window in the process) and unbolting from the engine compartment.

Spiralling Costs

This latest ‘craze’ is causing massive headaches for fleet operators, who can very quickly see costs spiral as a result. It is not only the expense of replacing the Cat itself (up to £1,500.00) but the additional cost of repairing (the inevitable) damage caused in the removal of the cat, hire vehicle costs while repairs are completed, vehicle & driver downtime and of course the potential loss of business as a result.

Of course this is all very inconvenient if it happens to one vehicle in your fleet. Replicate this across 5, 10, 20 (less than 2 hours work) or more vehicles and this becomes less an inconvenience and more a threat to your livelihood. Dealers may hold 1 or 2 cat’s in stock but it’s unlikely they will hold anymore, meaning it could take days, even weeks before your fleet is back up to speed. And of course once your fleet has been targeted, chances are that the perpetrator(s) will return.

Protect your Vehicles

Fortunately there is now a solution to Catalytic Converter theft from your Mercedes Sprinter. Having been approached by a number of customers, who had themselves experienced repeated attacks on their Sprinter fleet, Maple Fleet Services have developed, CatSecure a bonnet lock that ensures access cannot be gained to the engine compartment.

Even in the event that cab windows are smashed and the bonnet release lever is applied, the release mechanism will not enable. The Maple Bonnet Lock can only be released with the use of a high security key, thus access to the Catalytic Converter is nigh impossible, let alone removable.

For more information and to protect your Mercedes Sprinter vehicles contact Maple Fleet Services on 0161 429 1580, or visit the website.

Today see’s the launch of the brand new Maple Fleet Services website.

Bringing together commercial vehicle security solutions, safety products, fuel saving innovations, power management solutions and vehicle installation services in one easy to use website.

The new site enhances the visitors overall experience, with easier navigation and more information, making it easier to find suitable products that meet your vehicle specification.

The newly designed website features a comprehensive Product Finder, which helps visitors locate specific products for their vehicles and specific requirements. Why not give it a try now and see how you can reduce operating costs, increase fuel economy and enhance your security.

Just how secure are your van doors?

Posted: August 3, 2011 by maplematters in Security Solutions

Maple Fleet Services are the UK’s leading voices in Commercial Vehicle Security. Offering some of the most innovative, technically advanced security solutions available on the market to date however our roots are still firmly planted in the real world. Have you ever wondered though, just how secure the simpler mechanical security products are that Maple Fleet Services offer? Read the rest of this entry »

That’s the simple message from Maple Fleet Services to all the UK’s councils and private waste collection companies.

Drivelock, a tried and tested solution, was re-launched at the CV Show in April in a bid to help operators improve vehicle safety and adhere to the Road Regulations Act of 1988. The Drivelock system allows a vehicle to be left unattended with the engine running and the keys left in the ignition. Any unauthorised attempt to move or start the vehicle, immediately locks the handbrake, sounds an alarm and cuts the engine. “This means Read the rest of this entry »