Thermo King’s Precedent is a new trailer-temperature control platform, built from the ground up to deliver what are claimed to be double-digit fuel savings. Beginning January 1, 2013, the company will also offer a full range of truck and auxiliary power unit (APU) solutions compliant with Environmental Protection Agency Tier IV final regulations for engine emissions.
The Precedent is a completely new platform for the trailer market, including: the S-600, which is a greater-than-25-hp single-temperature unit with an evergreen engine; the S-700, which is a greater-than-25-hp high-capacity single-temperature model, also with an evergreen engine; and the lower-cost C-600, which is a less-than-25 hp single-temperature unit (with an allowed useful life in California of seven years).
The Precedent platform features a new ‘Diesel Direct Electric’ architecture.
The Precedent S-series features a common-rail fuel-injection system that controls particulate emissions within the engine cylinders. This eliminates the need for an expensive, high-maintenance aftertreatment system like a diesel particulate filter.
Next year Thermo King will also unveil T-Series enhancements and the TriPac Evolution APU.
The T-Series truck refrigeration units will achieve EPA Tier IV compliance through a combination of technologies including new engines and an electronic throttling valve (ETV) to deliver improved pulldown and fuel efficiency. Thermo King says testing demonstrates that the ETV saves up to 30% in fuel, reaches setpoint up to 50% faster, and runs the engine up to 17% less. The full T-Series range will be offered in 2013 with new model names, including T-580R, T-680R, T-880R, T-1080R, T-680S, T-880S, T-1080S, and T-1080S Spectrum multi-temperature units.
The TriPac Evolution APU can be ordered after Jan. 1, 2013, for shipment in the second quarter of 2013. It will meet Tier IV EPA requirements with new patented technology. The updated TriPac features software that can be customized to fit the customer’s operating profile. It also features an extended maintenance interval of 1500 hours, a new flash-loadable control system, and improved service access for easier maintenance.
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