Webasto BlueCool Hybrid lets truckers use shore power to run bunk cooler

Webasto Product North America has expanded its BlueCool Thermal Storage APU product family to include BlueCool Hybrid, giving truck operators the flexibility to use shore power to run the company's bunk cooler while providing hotel loads.

BlueCool Hybrid uses a standard 120-volt AC power source. Its components include an electrical cord (12 gauge, rated for 20 amps); a junction box including relays, fuses, and circuit breakers; a 30-amp battery charger; and a 120-volt AC GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupt) receptacle for the vehicle's interior.

When the system detects an outside power source, it switches to “shore power” mode. Electricity from the grid powers the outlets in the bunk, a battery charger to ensure that the battery has sufficient voltage to start the vehicle, and the compressor for Webasto's BlueCool Thermal Storage unit.

The BlueCool Thermal Storage APU runs independently of the OE air-conditioning system and can charge and discharge simultaneously while connected to shore power.

The BlueCool Hybrid APU can operate without shore power to keep the bunk area cool for up to 10 hours using energy stored during highway operation. It can also be combined with a Webasto Air Top 2000 ST heater for a complete auxiliary climate control system.

Webasto products are eligible for the federal excise tax exemption under the US Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay Transport Partnership and were among the first idle-reduction devices to receive approval for the California Air Resources Board's ULEV II (Ultra Low Emission Vehicle) idling emissions-reduction requirements.

For additional information, go to www.webasto.us or call (800) 215-7010.
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