ThermoKing launches electric APU, connected TRU

John G Smith

ATLANTA, GA – Thermo King unveiled two new products at the North American Commercial Vehicle show, including an electric auxiliary power unit (APU) and a connected trailer refrigeration unit (TRU).

TriPac Envidia, the all-electric APU, offers the industry’s longest run time, Thermo King said. An in-cab control allows the driver to set the temperature and monitor battery charge levels. It will be available for purchase in early 2018.

Thermo King also announced that beginning in 2018, its Precedent TRUs will be factory-equipped with TracKing telematics. This will allow fleets to monitor and analyze refrigerated operations and control temperatures.

“Our remote connectivity, best-in-class mobile apps, and data gathering allows fleet managers to transform their operations and make their fleets more predictable and traceable,” said Dane Taival, vice-president and general manager, Thermo King North America, “which ultimately helps grow their business by driving greater optimization.”

Customers will be able to use a mobile app to manage cargo temperatures, monitor the reefer, and respond to alerts.

“Connected products like the Precedent, which keep actionable data at our customers’ fingertips, are the cornerstone of Thermo King’s digital strategy,” Taival said.

The Thermo King Reefer mobile app is available for download on Google Play and the Apple App Store.

John G Smith

John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking,, TruckTech, Transport Routier, Canadian Shipper, Inside Logistics, Solid Waste & Recycling, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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