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Thermo King launches all-electric auxiliary power unit

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Jason Morgan is the content director of Fleet Equipment.

 

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Thermo King, maker of transport temperature control solutions for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, debued its new all-electric TriPac Envidia auxiliary power unit (APU) at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV). The TriPac Envidia is an environmentally clean, reliable APU that delivers the extended run-time, without tractor startup. Because there is no diesel engine, the TriPac Envidia is significantly quieter and requires minimal maintenance, according to Thermo King.

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The unit’s simple in-cab controller allows drivers to select the desired function of the system – cool, fan or heat modes. The controller also indicates the battery charge level, and allows drivers to adjust the fan speed and cab temperature to deliver in-cab comfort.

In addition, the TriPac Envidia was engineered to deliver the fuel and maintenance-cost savings associated with reduced engine operation, Thermo King stated. The unit’s patented battery management technology also provides:

• Individual charging and discharging management for each battery;
• Three-stage charging profile to optimize performance and extend the life of its NXT dry cell technology battery;
• Full discharge of the auxiliary power-pack batteries before switchover, to minimize depletion of tractor batteries during HVAC operation; and
• Whether supplementing with solar, or utilizing power options like battery or shore power, the TriPac Envidia offers choices for drivers to tap into the power they need to stay charged.

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Thermo King’s TriPac Envidia meets anti-idle and anti-emission regulations nationwide, including California Air Resources Board (CARB) requirements, the manufacturer reported. The all-electric APU will be available for purchase in early 2018.

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