Volvo Trucks North America this week introduced a battery-powered parking cooler as a factory-installed option for its VNM 630, VNL 630, VNL 670, VNL 730 and VNL 780 sleeper models.
The battery-powered parking cooler allows drivers to keep the cab and sleeper comfortable without idling the engine, providing the most environmentally friendly and efficient solution for maintaining comfort while parked.
“Volvo’s battery-powered parking cooler truly is a win-win for the driver,” said Jason Spence, Volvo Trucks product marketing manager for long haul. “With regulations varying from state to state — and even city to city — the parking cooler eliminates the guessing game when it comes to anti-idling rules while maximizing driver comfort, lowering fuel costs and reducing emissions.”
Power comes from the combined energy of the truck starting batteries paired with four AGM deep cycle batteries located in the in-frame battery box. The Volvo parking cooler is TMC approved and rated to keep the sleeper comfortable at 74 degrees Fahrenheit for up to 10 hours, even during the heat of the day.
The system is ideal for long-haul drivers who run their trucks at least six hours, then park for their required break. Smart energy management software is also included and protects the engine’s starting batteries from being run down.
The Volvo parking cooler is operated by an automatic thermostat that controls both the air conditioning and heat if the truck is equipped with the optional cab parking heater. The thermostat allows the driver to simply set one temperature plus the fan speed to maintain optimal cab comfort. And, as a factory-installed option, the Volvo battery-powered parking cooler is fully integrated with the sleeper ductwork. For service and maintenance requirements, the parking cooler and its components are easily accessible through convenient service panels.
The Volvo battery-powered parking cooler is factory installed at Volvo’s New River Valley plant in Dublin, Va., where all Volvo truck models for North America are assembled, and is covered by a three-year warranty.
A Volvo VNL 670 model equipped with the new battery-powered parking cooler will be on display in Volvo booth No. 1410 at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s 2016 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition, which is taking place Feb. 26 to March 4 at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn.