Espar heaters now CARB-compliant (August 01, 2007)

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MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Espar has announced its fuel-operated heaters are now compliant with strict new anti-idling requirements slated to take effect January 1 in California.

The California Air Resource Board’s ULEV II emissions requirements forbid idling for more than five minutes.

This also applies to trucks with sleeper berths beginning in January. Espar officials say the company is the first to receive certification on three of its fuel-operated heating systems.

These include: The Airtronic D2 for small bunks; Airtronic D4 for large bunks; and the Hydronic 5 engine pre-heater.

“When the mandate was adopted over a year ago, Espar reacted immediately under the direction of Espar’s president Volker Hohensee,” explained John Dennehy, vice-president of marketing and communications for Espar Products. “It was a long and arduous task, involving significant costs but we knew it had to be done and we knew that we could confidently meet the imposed specifications.”

New heaters ordered from Espar will have a sticker on them, indicating they are CARB-compliant.

“We will have one on the heater and one for the driver to place on his vehicle, so that in the event the driver is asked for proof he can readily show the inspector that the heater has met conformance,” Dennehy said.

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