Freightliner Trucks Adds No-Idle Climate-Control System for Heavy-Duty Models

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LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY…Freightliner Trucks, North America’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer, is helping long-haul owners and operators comfortably and conveniently meet anti-idling laws, reduce emissions and save money. The company today announced availability of a climate-control system for the Freightliner Century Class® S/T™, Coronado® and Columbia® Class 8 truck models that works independently of the vehicle’s main engine. The announcement was made at the Mid-America Trucking Show here.

The Bergstrom NITE (No-Idle Thermal Environment) System is designed to keep the sleeper compartment cool in hot weather and warm when it’s cold outside, without relying on power from the engine. In addition to year-round temperature control, other benefits include savings on fuel and reduced engine wear by eliminating overnight idling.

“Components like the Bergstrom NITE System help our customers run smart and run safe,” said Jonathan Randall, director of marketing at Freightliner Trucks. “A comfortable, well-rested driver is a safe and efficient driver.”

Terry Zeigler, vice-president of electrified systems at Bergstrom Inc. added that overnight idling accounts for 25 percent of all truck running time. “Research shows Class 7 and 8 trucks burn approximately $6,000 in fuel and associated costs idling each year,” said Zeigler. “At Bergstrom, we’re committed to providing effective solutions that pay for themselves quickly. We’re pleased to partner with Freightliner Trucks to enhance the driving experience for our mutual, long-haul customers, and help them reduce their fuel costs at the same time.”

Engineered specifically for long-haul trucks, the entire NITE System is conveniently controlled from the Freightliner SleeperCabs. The NITE system is lightweight and compact, increasing efficiency. It consists of a rechargeable battery system that supplies electricity to a hermetically sealed air-conditioning unit and an auxiliary heater. The entire system adds only 345 pounds to the truck’s overall weight.

The NITE system also includes a smart control system, featuring electronic variable functions for comfort and power management. The engineered ductwork circulates air, providing a low-voltage cutout to safeguard the independent NITE battery and a status indicator to notify the owner when recharging is needed.

Powered by four deep-cycle batteries instead of the truck’s electrical system, the NITE air conditioner offers 3,500 British Thermal Units (BTUs) of cooling capacity. The air conditioner draws no energy from the truck’s electrical system when the truck engine is off. The diesel fuel-operated heater throws off 2,900 to 7,500 BTUs per hour. The energy requirement to heat the sleeper area is less than one-tenth of a gallon per hour.

A Freightliner Century Class S/T truck featuring the Bergstrom NITE System will

be on display at the Mid-America Trucking Show, March 23 – 25.

About Freightliner Trucks

Freightliner Trucks is a division of Freightliner LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Freightliner LLC produces and markets Class 3-8 trucks and is a company of DaimlerChrysler, the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer.

About Bergstrom Inc.

Bergstrom Inc. is a global leader in the design and supply of climate systems to the commercial vehicle industry. Since 1949, Bergstrom has supplied many of the world’s largest and most respected companies with their heating and air-conditioning needs. By combining progressive engineering talent, lean manufacturing principals and a global footprint, Bergstrom offers a unique blend of commercial vehicle marketplace focus and customer value.

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