LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Bergstrom Inc., which develops climate systems for the commercial vehicle industry, presented its new, battery-powered no-idle solution designed to keep drivers cool and comfortable in the hottest climates to industry journalists at the Mid-America Trucking Show here Wednesday.
The new system, the NITE Phoenix, joins the NITE Plus and the NITE Day Cab in Bergstrom’s line of no-idle solutions.
The NITE Phoenix uses comparable levels of battery power as other no-idle solutions, but as a result of its larger compressor it keeps drivers cooler and runs longer. The system has the highest and longest cooling capacity of any battery-powered, no-idle solution on the market, Bergstrom said.
“We specifically designed the NITE Phoenix for drivers who frequently travel in hot climates,” said Terry Zeigler, vice president of electrified systems at Bergstrom. “No-idling restrictions combined with high temperatures demand a no-idling solution that will cool the cab in a consistent and efficient manner. The NITE Phoenix delivers the powerful system that drivers need to stay cool and comfortable in areas of the country that are extremely hot.”
In addition to the enhancements made to the electrical system, the NITE Phoenix also includes a new LCD digital user interface and battery monitoring system that make it easier for drivers to control the unit. Features include onboard service diagnostics, automatic temperature control and a check filter function.
“The goal in developing our line of battery-powered NITE systems is to provide drivers with an effective solution to maintaining cab comfort while adhering to no-idling restrictions,” said Bill Gordon, national director of aftermarket and director of global marketing for Bergstrom. “The NITE Phoenix is a powerful addition to our line of NITE Systems and we are very pleased to be able to help drivers in hot climates stay cool.”
As a battery-powered, no-idling system, the CARB-approved NITE Phoenix unit is able to generate high BTU cooling capacity without sending damaging emissions into the environment. This helps drivers reduce emissions and comply with anti-idling laws.It also helps save money on fuel.
Also at MATS, Bergstrom and Johnson Controls-Saft announced the development of a lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery for the NITE no-idle systems line. The battery is designed to improve power efficiency, result in longer run times and enhance the environmental benefits of its no-idle units.
There are several key benefits of the Li-Ion battery, according to JCS. At only 110 lbs, the Li-Ion battery weighs 63 percent less than the traditional battery option. In addition, the Li-Ion battery provides 16 percent more power, has 20 percent less volume, and boasts an estimated lifespan of six to eight years.
With its reduced weight and longer run times, the Li-Ion battery will make the NITE units even more sustainable, the companies said.
“As anti-idling restrictions continue to evolve, demand on batteries keeps growing,” said Gordon. “This advanced battery technology offers fleets and owner-operators who live on the road a highly efficient, reliable and green no-idle solution. It’s truly the next generation of batteries for the NITE system.”
Lithium is the choice for use in battery technology because it has the highest electrochemical potential, according to JCS. Its light weight and high energy power densities make it ideal for the commercial vehicle industry, where size and run times are critical factors in successful no-idle systems.
“Johnson Controls-Saft is excited to leverage our proven lithium-ion battery expertise into a new application in the mature commercial truck market,” said Ray Shemanski, who leads the Johnson Controls-Saft joint venture and is vice president and general manager of Hybrid Systems for Johnson Controls. “Furthermore, this solution supports our efforts to reduce fuel consumption and green house gas emissions, providing a reliable, energy-efficient solution for the trucking industry.”
The Li-Ion battery module will be available in late 2010 as an option for all NITE no-idle systems. It will carry a five-year warranty.
More information about NITE Phoenix is available at www.nitesystem.com.
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