New Comprehensive Offering of Leece-Neville Starters & Alternators Will Help Keep School Buses Rolling

Aug. 26, 2020
Industry-leading IdlePro and IdlePro Extreme alternators and PowerPro Extreme 5 starters provide the reliable power today’s buses need.

NOVI, MI (Aug. 26, 2020) - This fall, as schools re-open for in-person learning, the demand for reliable transportation services is more important than ever. Leece-Neville has introduced a comprehensive offering of starters and alternators – including the latest IdlePro and IdlePro Extreme alternators and PowerPro Extreme 5 starters – designed specifically for school buses, helping to deliver the performance and reliability these applications need every single school day.

With innovative IdlePro and IdlePro Extreme alternators and the PowerPro Extreme 5 starter motor, as well as the 4000 series of high-amp alternators, Prestolite and Leece-Neville products are engineered to help ensure consistent power at the start and then to every vital vehicle system – cameras, air conditioning, wheelchair lifts, warning lights, and more – even at idle. For decades, Prestolite has worked closely with original equipment manufacturers and school districts to develop alternators and starters that meet the unique electrical load requirements of school buses.

“We’re proud to be the go-to provider for original equipment manufacturers and a preferred aftermarket supplier of alternators and starters to school bus garages across the country,” says Jonathan Smith, assistant director of sales and marketing, Prestolite. “And with our hassle-free ‘Prestolite Power Promise’ warranty, school bus technicians can count on us to keep their buses moving.”

Leece-Neville IdlePro and IdlePro Extreme alternators produce industry-leading output at low engine speeds, a vital feature for vehicles that spend most of their working lives at low RPM while also powering higher-than-usual electrical draws. Features can include:

  • 12V, 210- and 240-amp outputs available in a dual internal fan design
  • 12V, 280-, 325-, 350- and 420-amp outputs available in a best-in-class brushless design
  • Minimum of 63% to 90% of a unit’s rated maximum output at engine idle (certain applications)
  • Remote sense capable – returns battery to full charge between stops and reduces overall charging time
  • Rated up to 125°C – ideal for the high-temperature environment commonly found in school bus applications
  • eCoated, heavy-duty housing to reduce corrosion and improve vibration resistance
  • All new, no core
  • Assembled in America

Leece-Neville PowerPro Extreme 5 starters provide school bus operators with unmatched performance in a space-saving package and offer an entire array of additional features:

  • 12V, 5kW starting power – industry-leading performance in 6- to 10-liter engines
  • Weighs 21.5 lbs.
  • All new, no core
  • Sealed and noseless design to protect against dust, oil and other contaminants
  • Planetary gear reduction design for higher torque/speed and less power consumption
  • Integral Magnetic Switch technology to eliminate voltage drops
  • Soft start relay technology to prevent ring gear damage

To learn more about these and other Leece-Neville products, please contact your Leece-Neville Heavy Duty Systems representative, email [email protected] and visit For technical support, call 866-288-9853.

About Prestolite Electric Incorporated

The Prestolite and Leece-Neville product line includes high-output alternators and gear reduction starter motors for on- and off-highway trucks, military applications, mining vehicles, school and city buses, motor coaches, and other uses. The company maintains certificates of registration to the IATF16949 Quality Management and ISO 14001: 2015 Environmental Management systems.

Prestolite is a division of Broad-Ocean Motors, a global supplier of high-tech, high-quality electric motors, alternators, and starters to multiple markets, including appliance, HVAC, and passenger and commercial vehicles. Prestolite eDrive Systems, a Broad-Ocean Motors Electric Vehicle Business Group, designs and manufactures rotating electric products for the commercial vehicle, bus and medium-duty markets.

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