Thermo King TriPac APUs Now Available for Freightliner Trucks

PORTLAND, Ore. – March 19, 2009 – Freightliner Trucks today announced the availability of Thermo King TriPac™ Auxiliary Power Units (APU) as an option for Freightliner Cascadia™ models with DD15™ and Series 60® engines as well as Freightliner Century Class® S/T, Columbia®, and Coronado® models with Series 60 engines.

The TriPac APU is an auxiliary heating and cooling temperature management system that allows drivers to eliminate unnecessary idling, conserve diesel fuel and save money. TriPac APUs also comply with current anti-idling laws and restrictions.

According to Thermo King and based on fuel consumption and a fuel price of $3.00/gallon, trucks idling 2,500 hours per year can save up to 6.4 cents per mile and reduce unnecessary fuel consumption by more than 85 percent by installing the TriPac APU.

“Today’s economic climate has customers seeking more ways to save money, and the Thermo King TriPac APU is a proven solution,” said Melissa Clausen, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks. “Owner-operators and fleets could see a significant savings on total operating costs.”

Additionally, the TriPac APU enhances the truck’s comfort and performance by providing engine preheating, battery charging, truck cab sleeper compartment climate control and optional electric power.

And, with the TriPac Human Machine Interface (HMI) installed in the cab, driver’s can easily customize and control the APU’s operation.

“With turnover an ongoing issue in the industry, we want to provide drivers with tools like the TriPac APU to make their experience as comfortable as possible,” said Clausen.

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Freightliner Trucks is a division of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Ore., and is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 3-8 vehicles and is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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