At the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., anti-idling technology manufacturer Espar Heater Systems introduced three new products: The Hybernator-On Frame, the Hybernator-In Frame and the Baire Necessary System. “We’ve taken what our customers have asked us, and we’ve made changes to accommodate that,” said John Bishop, vice president of sales for Espar.
According to the company, some of the benefits of these systems are idling reduction, fuel savings, local and regional legislation compliance, and engine and component wear reduction: The Hybernator-On Frame system uses the California Air Resources Board-approved Hydronic 5 heater to provide engine-off heat to the cab, the engine and the fuel system; circulates engine coolant; and allows quick starts in the coldest environments.
The Hybernator-In Frame system is based on the On-Frame system, but enables the installation of the unit between the frame rails without drilling.
Although the third system, the Baire Necessity, also provides engine-off heat to the cab, it does not require the permanent installation of Espar’s CARB-approved Airtronic D2 bunk heater. This window-mounted system can be transported conveniently in the truck or moved easily from one truck to another. Also, “freight terminals can supply them to drivers for temporary no-idle relief,” said Dennehy.
Espar’s heater systems require 12- or 24-volt battery systems and gasoline or diesel as an onboard fuel.