Bergstrom Inc. and Webasto Product North America announced that the Webasto Air Top 2000 ST auxiliary heater now is available with Bergstrom’s family of battery-powered Nite no-idle systems. The Webasto Air Top 2000 ST will be available with Nite systems through Bergstrom’s commercial vehicle aftermarket distributors and truck dealers in the United States and Canada by the end of the first quarter of 2011, the companies announced at the Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting and convention in Orlando, Fla., where the systems are on display.
“The Webasto Air Top 2000 ST is a proven reliable heater that responds to industry demands for better fuel efficiency, more heat and a faster return on investment,” says Bill Gordon, Bergstrom vice president of sales, aftermarket and Nite. “This is the perfect pairing in terms of all-season performance and value for Nite system customers. We are pleased to add the Webasto heater to our excellent line of partner products.”
Webasto says its quiet, compact Air Top 2000 ST, approved by the California Air Resources Board, weighs 5.7 pounds, produces 7,000 Btu and can operate for 20 hours on a single gallon of fuel. Bergstrom says the battery-powered no-idling Nite systems, also approved by CARB, incorporate an independent battery power source to provide electric service for climate control, which helps drivers reduce emissions and comply with anti-idling laws.
According to the companies, packaging the two systems together delivers the convenience of managing heating and cooling with one integrated set of controls. “This is a great opportunity for Bergstrom and Webasto to leverage our recognized strengths and give truck owners and truck drivers the most efficient, effective combination of no-idle heating and cooling available,” says Mark Hickey, vice president of business development at Webasto.