Thermo King, a business unit of Ingersoll Rand, announced on Monday that the company is the first transport refrigeration manufacturer to receive Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) certification for 2013 model year engines greater than 25 horsepower and has done so without the use of a diesel particulate filter (DPF). These regulations require an engine to be 37% cleaner for particulate matter and 90% cleaner for nitrogen oxides as compared to the previous interim Tier 4 standard.
The new engines will be introduced in the Precedent platform available in January 2013. According to Thermo King, the company launched the Precedent, a new trailer temperature control platform built from the ground up, to deliver double-digit fuel savings, best-in-class performance and lower life cycle costs, while providing a regulatory compliant solution and peace of mind for trailer owners and operators.
“Customers can now keep their transport refrigeration units longer than seven years, and, if they do decide to sell, values should remain higher because no incremental investment will be required,” said Doug Lenz, director of product management and marketing for Thermo King. “Throughout the life of the units, they will have a more sustainable solution which is increasingly important for customers who need to respond to corporate-wide commitments to sustainability.”
Beginning Jan. 1, 2013, Thermo King will also offer a full range of truck and auxiliary power unit (APU) solutions compliant with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier IV final regulations for engine emissions.