NEW PETERBILT SMARTAIR SYSTEM MAKES SMART BUSINESS SENSE
LOUISVILLE, KY (March 21, 2012)
Reduced fuel costs, improved driver comfort and seamless factory installation are several advantages offered by Peterbilt’s new SmartAirTM anti-idle cooling system, Peterbilt Motors Company recently announced.
The company unveiled the battery-based, advanced-technology system – which can save customers thousands in fuel costs annually – during the 2012 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY. “SmartAir is green technology that provides multiple business solutions by reducing fuel costs, minimizing maintenance requirements and increasing payload capacity through its lightweight, compact design,” said Bill Kozek, Peterbilt’s General Manager and PACCAR Vice President. “Additionally, it helps companies comply with anti-idle laws nationwide while reducing their carbon footprint.”
From an operator’s perspective, the system is easy to operate and has the cooling capacity to keep the sleeper comfortable in even the harshest hot-weather climates. SmartAir has a 7,500 BTU/Hour cooling capacity and can operate up to 10 hours on a single charge, both of which the company said are the highest in the industry for a battery-based cooling system.
SmartAir is powered by four, 31-plate, absorbed glass mat PACCAR batteries that are electrically managed from the vehicle’s starting battery. The compact, brushless DC compressor and evaporator assembly, located under the bunk for easy access, combines power and efficiency.
The split-system design means the brushless condenser fan is remotely located in a low, central position outside the cab for optimum performance and maximum under-bunk storage capacity. In fact, the company said the split-system design results in the industry’s smallest footprint for an anti-idle cooling system.
All components of the system are factory installed, providing several key benefits, according to Peterbilt Chief Engineer Landon Sproull. “SmartAir is built into the vehicle during the assembly process so customers are assured consistent, quality installation that utilizes existing HVAC outlet registers for clean fit and finish, as well as balanced airflow,” said Sproull.
Sproull said the convenient locations of the systems’ components facilitate serviceability and routine maintenance requires only occasional cleaning or replacement of the air filter. SmartAir features a user interface that is simple to use and ensures reliable operation. The in-sleeper control module operates both cooling and heating through four buttons and an easy-to-read LCD display, which also shows remaining battery life. “Operators will enjoy full automatic temperature control that is precise and consistent,” Sproull said. “It’s literally set it and forget it, helping ensure a comfortable sleeper environment regardless of the conditions outside.”
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.