Freightliner adds no-idle climate-control system for heavy-duty models

| 3/24/2006

Freightliner Trucks announced Friday, March 24, the availability of a climate-control system for the Freightliner Century Class S/T, Coronado and Columbia Class 8 truck models that works independently of the vehicles' main engines. The announcement was made at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY.

The Bergstrom NITE - No-Idle Thermal Environment - System is designed to keep the sleeper compartment cool in hot weather and warm when it's cold outside, without relying on power from the engine. In addition to year-round temperature control, other benefits include savings on fuel and reduced engine wear by eliminating overnight idling.

"Components like the Bergstrom NITE System help our customers run smart and run safe," said Jonathan Randall, director of marketing at Freightliner Trucks. "A comfortable, well-rested driver is a safe and efficient driver."

Terry Zeigler, vice-president of electrified systems at Bergstrom Inc. added that overnight idling accounts for 25 percent of all truck running time.

Engineered specifically for long-haul trucks, the entire NITE System is controlled from the Freightliner SleeperCabs. The NITE system is lightweight and compact. It consists of a rechargeable battery system that supplies electricity to a hermetically sealed air-conditioning unit and an auxiliary heater. The entire system adds only 345 pounds to the truck's overall weight.

The NITE system also includes a smart control system, featuring electronic variable functions for comfort and power management. The engineered ductwork circulates air, providing a low-voltage cutout to safeguard the independent NITE battery and a status indicator to notify the owner when recharging is needed.

Powered by four deep-cycle batteries instead of the truck's electrical system, the NITE air conditioner offers 3,500 British thermal units of cooling capacity. The air conditioner draws no energy from the truck's electrical system when the truck engine is off. The diesel fuel-operated heater throws off 2,900 to 7,500 Btu per hour. The energy requirement to heat the sleeper area is less than one-tenth of a gallon per hour.

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