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Battery-powered cooling comfort

September 25, 2018 by John Smith

Carrier Transicold’s ComfortPro electric auxiliary power unit will cool a cab without generating emissions, and also promises one of the longest run times for a battery-powered APU. The unit delivers 7,500 Btu/h of air conditioning for up to 11 hours. […]

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Phillips and Temro APU keeps you cool

September 13, 2018 by John Smith

Phillips & Temro Industries’ new Idle Free Series 5000 eAPU is a high-capacity-cooling electric auxiliary power unit for those who are traveling in hot climates. A compressor and wall-mounted evaporator combine to deliver more than 300 cfm of air, and […]

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Maintenance eased with ComfortPro APU updates

July 17, 2018 by John Smith

Carrier Transicold has updated its ComfortPro diesel-powered auxiliary power units (APUs), reducing maintenance demands and doubling service intervals. A tensioner automatically adjusts a new automotive-style multi-V drive belt to help maintain the generator’s full voltage output when the APU is […]

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Here Comes the Sun: Does solar have a role as an alternative fuel?

April 13, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — In some corners of North America, the idea of adding solar power to a truck or trailer is a no-brainer. You’d be forgiven for thinking that none of those corners are in Canada. That’s mostly true, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that solar has no place here. Just that you must be careful in assessing manufacturer claims about what their solar gizmo can actually do.

Almost all of Canada gets an average of 4.2 hours of solar sunlight a day. Two areas — a small stretch of the southern prairies and a little ribbon of central B.C. — crank that number up to 4.5 hours. Compare that to as many six hours in Arizona, New Mexico, and a patch of southeast California. Doesn’t sound like much of a difference, but it’s a big deal. A 300-watt solar setup that can help to run a tractor’s electric APU in that part of the U.S. would probably have to be a 600- or 800-watt setup for a rig running, say, a Toronto-Montreal-Halifax route.

It also means that manufacturer claims can be rather idealistic if calculations were based on experience in warm and sunny parts of our world. There’s no subterfuge involved here, but “your mileage may vary,” as they say.

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ThermoKing launches electric APU, connected TRU

October 2, 2017 by John 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).

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Carrier Transicold acquires Westport APU

April 17, 2017 by John Smith

ATHENS, GA – Carrier Transicold has acquired selected IMPCO product lines including the ComfortPro Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) from Westport Fuel Systems – and will now lead related development, engineering and manufacturing.

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Back-of-Cab APU

May 11, 2016 by Rolf Lockwood

Phillips & Temro takes APUs off the rails with its Idle Free electric Series 4000 eAPU

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APU Maker Plugs Into Canada

May 12, 2015 by sehui

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN — A maker of auxiliary power units (APU) for trucks, Idle Free Systems, has moved into the Canadian market with the signing of two dealer agreements.

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APU HAS MILITARY HERITAGE

October 30, 2014 by Martin Smith

The CCS Lightning from Mechron was first designed for armored personnel
carriers.

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AN APU FOR 2008

October 30, 2014 by Martin Smith

RigMaster is nearly ready for the emissions hurdle next year

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AN APU FOR 2008

October 30, 2014 by Martin Smith

RigMaster is nearly ready for the emissions hurdle next year

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BATTERY POWER

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Enertek Solutions offers auxiliary power system powered by lithium-ion batteries, a first

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UPDATED IDLING GUIDE

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Cummins guide to maximum idling times now includes Canada

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TRIPAC APU IMPROVED

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Thermo King’s TriPac auxiliary power unit now has a 1000-hour maintenance interval.

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PROGRAMMABLE APU

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

Thermo King adds programmable controller to TriPac APU