Webasto’s no-idle heating products get CARB’s stamp of approval

| 11/12/2007

Officials with Webasto Products North America announced that the company has received approval for three bunker heaters from the California Air Resources Board.

In a company news release Friday, Nov. 9, officials stated that their Air Top 2000 S and Air Top 2000 ST compartment air heaters and Thermo Top Z/c engine coolant pre-heater have received CARB approval for new standards that take effect on Jan. 1, 2008, in California.

Webasto’s claims were backed by the California Air Resource Board’s web site, which lists agency- approved cab comfort systems by clicking here.

Company officials said some products tested well below certain emissions limits.

“In one category, particulate matter, output was so low that you could theoretically park 20 Class 8 trucks outfitted with Webasto Air Top 2000 S Heaters next to each other and the combined emissions would still meet the CARB requirements for just one truck,” said Don Kanneth, general manager of Webasto’s Commercial Vehicle Division.

Webasto’s BlueCool Truck, which provides cold air, didn’t need to be tested because it creates zero emissions.

Other CARB-approved cab comfort heaters include Espar’s Airtronic D2 and Airtronic D4 and Hydronic 5 models.