Bergstrom NITE no-idle system receives CARB approval

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Bergstrom Inc., a provider of climate systems to the commercial vehicle industry, announced that its NITE (No-Idle Thermal Environment) system technology has received formal approval from the California Air Resources Board, with the certification number 08-643-004.

Bergstrom says the approval of its NITE system by CARB formally certifies the standards the company sets in developing and designing climate systems for the commercial vehicle industry. The NITE system also meets or exceeds all U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards.

“Bergstrom is one of the most environmentally-friendly units in the market, and we are very pleased to have received this formal approval from the California ARB,” says Terry Zeigler, vice president of electrified systems at Rockford, Ill.-based Bergstrom. “The benefits of using a battery-powered no-idle solution are tremendous. The engine-off heating and cooling system not only provides year-round comfort and saves money on fuel, but also complies with anti-idling laws and reduces emissions.”

The system, which will be factory-installed in Navistar trucks in the fourth quarter of 2008, is designed with a battery-powered and fully-electrified sleeper AC system for both over-the-road and engine-off operation. Unlike other battery-powered systems in the marketplace that are thermal storage devices, the NITE system is an actual air conditioning unit, according to the company; with the engine off, the sleeper AC system operates on deep-cycle batteries, and with the engine running, switches to the truck’s engine-driven electrical system.