KickStart Performance Data (per 100 locomotives)


Gallons of fuel saved annually due to improved AESS performance


Tonnes of CO2 prevented


Dollars saved in Fuel and Dead-Won't-Start costs

KickStart Locomotive Battery Assist

Replacing locomotive batteries is expensive. A failed start is not only inconvenient, but also, exceptionally costly. ZTR KickStart uses supercapacitor technology to supplement the locomotive batteries during the engine start, reducing strain on the batteries. The result is, less energy drain from the batteries, longer battery life, faster cranking speed, less time to recharge the batteries, improved cold weather starts, and ultimately, increased locomotive availability.    ​​​​​​​

Whether it’s cold weather starting, battery life extension or just overall starting reliability, our solutions have a proven history of increasing the reliability and availability of locomotives with a strong ROI. 

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Benefits of KickStart

KickStart Product

Extend Locomotive Battery Life: Batteries are costly to install and replace. KickStart reduces battery drain during starting to improve longevity by up to 50%.

Easy Installation and Zero Maintenance: With its light and compact design, KickStart can be easily installed and requires no regular maintenance.

Minimized Battery Voltage Drop: KickStart augments the power required during engine start, reducing the drop in battery voltage.

Reliable Cold Weather Performance: KickStart supercapacitor technology is not affected by cold weather extremes.

Charge Maintenance: If the battery drains, KickStart will maintain a charge and be ready to assist locomotive starting after extended shut-down intervals.

Increased Locomotive Availability: KickStart ensures that your locomotive performs when it is most critical by significantly enhancing starting reliability in all weather conditions.

Reduced Battery Charge Time: KickStart reduces battery drain which can mean less time to recharge and lower AESS idle time.

Diagnostic Interface: Integrated monitoring, fault notifications and diagnostics eliminate the need to install proprietary software for setup and commissioning operations.

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