1. GRIP Controller
Communicates with the vehicle CAN Bus and coordinates all other GRIP components. Think of it as GRIP’s central nervous system.
2. GRIP Screen
The operator screen is installed in the vehicle to allow the operator to see what is happening with the GRIP system. It provides warnings of when the vehicle is going to start and stop as well as vital information why the vehicle is running whether its for low battery or other various optional reasons.
3. PROHEAT X30 (Optional)
When GRIP is partnered with the Proheat X30 diesel-fired heater the vehicle never needs to run for heating as it can provide both heat for the cab as well as the engine. A recommended option for all Diesel vehicles to eliminate idling in cold temperatures.
4. Coolant Pump (Optional)
For warmer climates or gasoline vehicles, the coolant pump option provides a simple method of taking stored heat in the engine and circulating into the cabin. Since gas engine produce heat quickly, the GRIP will monitor the engine temperature and start the engine to heat the coolant and then shut it back off when its warm. The coolant pump does the rest.
5. Hood Sensor
The hood sensor is a safety sensor to ensure the system doesn’t start or stop automatically when the hood is opened.
6. Solenoid (Optional)
GRIP has logic to manage multiple batteries to ensure that batteries are being charged as well as controlling the energy that is available. The solenoid is a mechanism to maintain that control and is necessary when batteries are added.
7. Vehicle Battery
GRIP utilizes as much energy as possible which allows the system to control what can be utilized from the vehicle battery without compromising start ability. The system also monitors the battery, so you know when its time to replace it.
8. Auxiliary Batteries (Optional)
The GRIP system relies on energy to keep the vehicle off as long as possible and adding batteries based on the vehicles utilization is the best tool to reduce idling. For durability and temperature consistent results in most cases we use AGM batteries.
9. Ignition Connections
To control the vehicle starting and stopping GRIP uses the key switch or push button of the vehicle as an input. The GRIP system knows when the vehicle is in Park or Neutral, when the vehicle is idling and it sends outputs to the vehicle ECM to shut down the engine and likewise starts it as necessary.
10. Temperature Sensor
GRIP monitors the temperature inside the cab to control heating and cooling of the cabin.
11. Ignition Signal
To keep lighting equipment, computers, and other aftermarket equipment operating, the ignition signal of the vehicle needs to be replaced with one provided from GRIP to keep them operating while the vehicle starts and stops.
12. Idle Tracker
- The idle tracker is a cellular device that connects to the GRIP Idle Tracker Dashboard. The dashboard is the hub for all vehicle information. Fleet managers can click on Vehicle Profiles to see a list of their trucks and their basic data (operator, zone, etc.) and select individual vehicles for more in-depth information.
But the dashboard goes one step further.
The GRIP system collects data from vehicles, analyzes it, and creates informative charts and reports that show:
- Idling time (hours)
- Reasons for idling
- Reduced idling (hours and dollars)
- Reduced CO2 emissions (by weight)
- Fuel reduction and savings (Volume and dollars)
- Maintenance savings (dollars)
- Reduced engine wear and tear (Equivalency in Distance)
Fleet managers can use this information to show real time savings and create budgets. This data is also invaluable when it comes to purchasing hybrid vehicles and estimating your fleet’s future energy needs.
13. DC Air Conditioning System (Optional)
This system is used to provide air conditioning in the cab while the engine is off tying in directly to the OEM system.
14. Anti-Theft (Optional)
This safety feature allows the GRIP system to maintain the vehicle operation with the keys removed. It can control the vehicle’s shifter lock to prevent it from being put into drive and stolen and if the vehicle is put into drive, while the keys are removed, the engine will automatically stall. The vehicle’s key is always required to re-start the vehicle.
15. Vehicle CAN Connection
The GRIP system gets vital information from the vehicle communication network such as transmission position, RPM and vehicle speed. Usually this is connected directly to the on-board diagnostic connector (OBD) however this can vary vehicle to vehicle. GRIP comes with an installation document for every vehicle that is supported.
16. GRIP Diagnostic Port
If for any reason the service tool needs to be connected to change settings or download new programs it is done through this connector. Other accessories also connect to this connector if they are CAN Bus and are options of the GRIP system.