LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Thermo King today introduced a triple threat of three new products at the Mid-America Trucking Show here including the TriPac e APU electric auxiliary idle reduction and temperature management system, the T-1000 SPECTRUM multi-temperature unit and the SmartPower High Output Electric Standby option.
The products are designed to offer solutions to grow customers’ business such as adding an intermodal market, deal with compliance issues like no-idling rules and food safety, plus “add value” in the face of low freight rates and other economic challenges, said Doug Lenz, director of transport solutions product management for Thermo King.
The TriPac Electric APU System is an all-new electric auxiliary idle reduction and temperature management system that maintains a comfortable cab temperature without running the engine. It’s battery and not engine operated so fuel and maintenance costs are significantly reduced, said Dwayne Cowan, APU product manager.
The system offers driver comfort, ease of use, lower fuel consumption and compliance in “26-plus states and growing” which have anti-idling laws, Cowan said of the product’s green features.
It’s a cost-effective way to comply with EPA requirements and there are no DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) requirements, noted Cowan.
And to truckers or fleets who maintain they can’t afford such a system he said fuel costs are approximately $625 a month without the system as opposed to $15 a month with it.
“They can’t afford not to have it,” he said.
The total weight is about 500 pounds, with most weight coming from the batteries, Cowan said.
“The TriPac e will provide optimum system performance, a low life cycle cost and will address environmental concerns,” Cowan said.
The T-1000 SPECTRUM is a self-powered multi-temperature unit with scroll compressor technology for customers who need more than one temperature zone in their trucks. SPECTRUM’s SmartPower electric standby option and Advanced Fuel-Savings Control Technology provides fuel savings in all ambient conditions, whether the trucker is hauling fresh or frozen foods.
It has a Tier 4 engine that emits 38 percent less particulate matter and 54 percent less carbon monoxide than previous engines, said company spokesmen.
With the SmartPower High Output Electric Standby Option customers have a choice of a 24-HP electric standby option or the existing 14-HP version.
“Our customers need technology that not only meets and evolves with regulatory and environmental requirements,” said Chris Casazza, president Thermo King business of Ingersoll Rand, “they also need technology that reduces costs in order to remain competitive.
“Our innovations are designed to help them achieve both of these goals now and throughout the lifecycle of their fleets.”
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