DALLAS, TEXAS…Freightliner Trucks announced that an environmentally-conscious aftermarket HVAC system and auxiliary generator designed to eliminate prolonged idling is now available as a factory option on select Class 8 truck models. The HVAC system, called Tundra, is provided by Dometic Corporation and has been implemented into the Freightliner Trucks product line for customers who want to reduce their amount of idling. The news was released at the Great American Trucking Show here.
“We offer the ‘Idle Solutions’ HVAC system on our heavy-duty vehicles because it positively impacts the trucking industry, truck drivers and the environment,” says Mark Lampert, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Freightliner Trucks. “’Idle Solutions’ allows drivers to remain comfortable in their cabs while reducing emissions and fuel consumption.”
The “Idle Solutions” system is now available for Freightliner Century Class S/T, Coronado, Columbia, Classic XL and Classic truck models.
The “Idle Solutions” package is intended to eliminate prolonged idling, which saves significant wear on the truck’s main engine, related systems and components by reducing main engine run time.
The Tundra air conditioning system uses an environmentally-friendly refrigerant that meets the 2010 environmental regulations. The HVAC package is seamless and fully integrated into current systems, allowing for clean a installation.
This high-powered Dometic heating and air conditioning system is designed to maintain comfortable interior temperatures without main-engine idling in accordance with the proposed TMC Performance Standard RP-432. Additionally, “Idle Solutions” offers enough output to run clean AC power while using standardized appliances such as microwaves, televisions and engine block heaters.
The HVAC units featured on the heavy-duty Freightliner Trucks vehicles are 120-volt, 14,000 British Thermal Unit (BTU) systems that adequately cool and heat a full-sized SleeperCab. This standardized system delivers approximately 500 CFM of air flow.
The auxiliary generator component of “Idle Solutions” is provided by Temco. This system is powered by an industrial-quality Perkins 3-cylinder diesel engine which produces 7.8 kilowatts of 120-volt power at 1800 RPM. The Perkins engine has an approximate 10,000-hour life, features a 500-hour engine service interval and meets 2007 EPA Tier 2 emissions requirements.
The auxiliary generator is produced in two basic configurations. The first configuration is a drop-in component that fits in the tool box location on the Coronado and the Classic XL. The second configuration is referred to as a “Space Saver”, requiring only 26 inches of rail space. This allows the system to fit aft of the fuel tanks on most Century Class S/T and the Columbia trucks. “Idle Solutions” ties into the truck’s fuel system, eliminating the need for installation of an extra fuel tank.
“Freightliner Trucks has always been an industry leader in technology and by offering this system as a factory option on our products, we are reinforcing that leadership position,” added Lampert. “We feel that it is a great environmental option and we are proud to pioneer this environmentally-conscious effort.”
Lampert also states, “The feedback we received from customers during our market research studies for this product was remarkable and we are happy to provide them with this option.”
Freightliner Trucks is a division of Freightliner LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Freightliner Trucks produces and markets Class 3-8 trucks and is a company of DaimlerChrysler, the world's largest commercial vehicle manufacturer.