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Kohler powers into heavy-duty market with APU

KOHLER, Wis. -- Kohler Power Systems plans to build further upon its 85 years of history by expanding its generator...

KOHLER, Wis. — Kohler Power Systems plans to build further upon its 85 years of history by expanding its generator product line to include an auxiliary power unit (APU) for the heavy-duty trucking industry.

The new Kohler 5-kilowatt APU will be available later this year and will offer trucking fleets, OEMs and owner/operators an air-cooled APU in the 5kW, side-rail mounted size. The air-cooled, self-contained engine means less intrusion into the truck’s critical systems.

Understanding that compactness is crucial, Kohler designed its first APU product to be one of the smallest and lightest air-cooled generators on the market, weighing less than 350 pounds.

The 120-volt AC and 50-Amp DC power unit is also designed with a direct-drive alternator, a direct connection between the engine and alternator. By eliminating the alternator belts found on competitive models, Kohler aims to offer increased reliability and reduced maintenance issues.

“We’ve kept the truck owner’s needs in mind when designing this new APU,” said Chris Baldwin, director of mobile generator business with Kohler. “We are offering a space-saving, fuel efficient product that keeps installation and maintenance costs to a minimum. The Kohler APU provides the peace of mind that comes with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use.”

The Advanced Digital Controller will come standard on the new APU product, which allows the driver to start and stop the generator, and adjust the heating and cooling from inside the cab. The digital controller also features an easy-to-read LED screen that displays up to 13 operational conditions.

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