Why choose KickStart?

Replacing locomotive batteries is expensive. A failed start is not only inconvenient, but also, exceptionally costly. 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. 

KickStart Product


  • Extended locomotive battery life
  • Increased locomotive availability
  • Reduced battery charge time
  • Minimized battery voltage drop
  • Reliable cold weather performance
  • Charge maintenance
  • Diagnostic interface
  • Easy installation and zero maintenance

Supercapacitor Technology

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. ​​​​​​​  

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See how KickStart can benefit your fleet

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

With its light and compact design, KickStart can be easily installed and requires no regular maintenance.

KickStart augments the power required during engine start, reducing the drop in battery voltage.

KickStart supercapacitor technology is not affected by cold weather extremes.

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

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

KickStart reduces battery drain which can mean less time to recharge and lower AESS idle time.

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

Looking to reduce AESS idle time waiting for locomotive batteries to charge? Download the latest KickStart performance data to see how KickStart can extend shutdown time and save fuel.