Volvo Trucks North America says a battery-powered parking cooler will be offered 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.
“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,” says Jason Spence, Volvo Trucks product marketing manager – long haul.
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. 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 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 duct work. For service and maintenance requirements, the parking cooler and its components are easily accessible through convenient service panels.