Robert Bosch Corporation’s has introduced an alternator for heavy-duty trucks that is more powerful and more efficient that previous models. The LI-L alternator, specially designed for Class 3-8 heavy-duty trucks, significantly impacts the trucking industry by increasing output nearly 40% while reducing original and operating costs. Smaller, lighter and with a higher current output than past models, Bosch’s LI-L alternator is the first of its kind for heavy-duty trucks. The alternator technology meets and in some cases exceeds, the severe requirements of on-road applications for performance, durability and cost efficiency. “Our customers have been requesting improvements in this area and our LI-L is the answer,” said Ulrich Muehleisen, sales and product manager, heavy-duty electrical products. “Bosch’s automotive and heavy-duty expertise drove the development of the LI-L, benefiting both OEMs and owners as it sets a new technological standard for truck alternators.” Besides outstanding performance and durability, the alternator offers significantly increased efficiency which results in reduced fuel consumption and emissions, contributing to fuel savings of up to $250 U.S. per 100,000 miles (160,000 km) in U.S. testing. The base design consists of both 14- and 28-volt models, with a 42-volt version scheduled for production at a later date. The alternator output ranges from 140 to 200 amps and has a standard warranty period of three years/350,000 miles. The alternator, which is produced in Bosch’s Toluca, Mexico, facility, will be available in 2002.