LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Temperature control solutions provider Carrier Transicold is offering the ComfortPro Auxiliary Power Unit across North America, the company announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville.
Through a new agreement between Carrier, and the APU’s manufacturer Teleflex Inc., Carrier Transicold is now the exclusive worldwide distributor of the new ComfortPro APU, which replaces Teleflex’s Pro Heat unit.
In a typical application, the ComfortPro APU can reduce idling by up to 90 percent, saving thousands of dollars annually in fuel costs, while also reducing emissions, engine wear and associated maintenance costs, the company claims.
The ComfortPro is unique in that it offers an all-electric architecture, sharing the award-winning Deltek hybrid diesel-electric technology found in Carrier’s Vector 1800MT trailer refrigeration unit.
It also provides Carrier climate control — both air conditioning and heating for the sleeper cab; 110/120-volt AC household current to run appliances, computers, etc.; 40 amps of truck battery charging, with battery-charge monitoring; truck engine warming to avoid cold no-starts; unique Winterwatch protection to keep the engine warm when the cabin is not occupied; and optional ability to tap into shorepower.
Unlike some systems, the company says the Comfortpro does not draw power from the truck battery, instead it directly powers its cooling and heating system and all appliances through its 4,000-watt generator, which is driven by the unit’s Kubota diesel engine.
The system also employs a sealed electric-powered compressor, located in the cabin, for air conditioning. This results in a significant increase in reliability and a reduction in maintenance compared to belt-driven, open-drive compressors located in road- and vibration-exposed APU housings.
Furthermore, the APU unit is housed in a weather-tight, shock resistant case that mounts on the truck chassis. Also, the oil, air, fuel filters and oil can be changed in less than five minutes. It has an industry leading two-year, 4,000-hour warranty.
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