Thermo King announces comprehensive green initiative

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By Todd Dills

During a luncheon presentation at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., Thermo King president Ted Fick announced a comprehensive environmental initiative, to include new or expanded research and development centers, continued development of the TriPac hybrid integrated APU and major product updates and options to help businesses comply with the California Air Resources Board’s Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) regulations for transport refrigeration units (TRUs).

“We’re really excited about the TriPac,” Fick said. “It’s been a major-league home run for us. And we’ve been able to deliver a lot of value for our customers, provide a good solution for the environment and have a product line that we think is the right product at the right time.”

Among new products were a “level 2” diesel particulate filter, engine retrofit kits and several options for fleets and owner-operators when replacing old refrigeration units with CARB-compliant variants, including trade-ins, lease options and financing through Ingersoll Rand Financial Services.

CARB compliance will be required by Dec. 31, 2008, for units built in 2001 and older.

The company’s aftermarket division introduced two new products:

  • The E-28 Cargo Heater Kit includes an Espar D8 fuel-fired heater, weatherproof thermostat enclosure, wiring to the truck’s electrical system and a fuel pump with hoses.
  • The EON Power Pack utilizes dry-cell absorbed-glass-mat technology to provide auxiliary power to truck lights and offer “five-second cranking power in one durable package,” the company said, with a four-year full-replacement warranty.
  • Fick also announced the opening of a new research lab in Prague staffed by 55 scientists, as well as a 20,000-square-foot expansion of its Minneapolis research and development facility.