Peterbilt enhanced its SmartAir no-idle system with new auto-start technology that helps keep main and auxiliary batteries charged while running the air-conditioning system and using electric-powered devices, Peterbilt Motors Company recently announced.
The auto-start technology is available as a factory-installed option with Model 579s equipped with SmartAir and either a 72- or 80-inch sleeper. It is fully integrated with the vehicle’s electrical system to monitor battery charge levels and start the truck if the charge falls below a given threshold.
“SmartAir is a popular feature which allows customers to reduce fuel costs, comply with no-idle regulations and reduce their carbon footprint,” said Scott Newhouse, Peterbilt Chief Engineer. “It’s lightweight, compact and provides outstanding climate control in even the harshest conditions. The new auto-start technology complements the SmartAir system by helping ensure customers have the necessary power when they need it.”
Newhouse explained auto-start monitors the charges of main and auxiliary batteries while the truck ignition is off. If the charges fall below a certain level, the system automatically starts the truck and runs the engine until batteries are sufficiently charged. The system performs several safety checks before cranking the engine. Additionally, interlocks ensure the system does not unexpectedly start.
SmartAir has a 7,500 BTU/hour cooling capacity and can operate for up to 10 hours on a single charge. The split-system design is located outside the cab for optimum performance and maximum under-bunk storage capacity.
As a factory-installed option, SmartAir is fully integrated into the existing HVAC system and utilizes existing ducting for superior quality and fit and finish. The system is easy to operate and is controlled through an in-sleeper LCD display.
About Peterbilt Motors Company
Peterbilt Motors Company, located in Denton, Texas, has a global reputation for superior quality, industry leading design, innovative engineering and fuel efficient solutions, and is recognized as the "Class" of the industry. Peterbilt provides a comprehensive array of aftermarket support programs through its 350-plus North American dealer locations that complement its full lineup of on-highway, vocational and medium duty products, including alternative fuel vehicles. Peterbilt offers industry leading service and support, including preventive maintenance plans, expedited Rapid Check diagnostic services, automated parts inventory replenishment and 24/7 complimentary Customer Assistance through 1-800-4-Peterbilt. For more information about Peterbilt, visit www.peterbilt.com.
Peterbilt is a PACCAR Company, traded publicly on the NASDAQ as PCAR.