DUBLIN, Va. — Volvo Trucks North America unveiled a battery-powered parking cooler as a factory-installed option for its VNM 630, VNL 630, VNL 670, VNL 730 and VNL 780 sleeper models recently.
The parking cooler allows drivers to keep the cab and sleeper comfortable without idling the engine.
“Volvo’s battery-powered parking cooler truly is a win-win for the driver,” said Jason Spence, Volvo Trucks product marketing manager – long haul. “With regulations varying from state to state – and even city to city – the parking cooler eliminates the guessing game when it comes to anti-idling rules while maximizing driver comfort, lowering fuel costs and reducing emissions.”
The power comes from the combined energy of the truck starting batteries paired with four AGM deep cycle batteries located in the in-frame battery box. The Volvo parking cooler is TMC approved and rated to keep the sleeper comfortable at 74 degrees Fahrenheit for up to 10 hours, even during the heat of the day. It is operated by an automatic thermostat that controls both the air conditioning and heat if the truck is equipped with the optional cab parking heater. In addition, as a factory-installed option, the cooler is fully integrated with the sleeper duct work.
The parking cooler is covered by a three-year warranty.