Thermo King has announced it will be introducing a “full range” of EPA Tier IV Final-compliant refrigeration units, beginning January 1, 2013.  The Tier IV rules will apply to diesel engine sof 50 hp. or less and become effective the first of the year.

The manufacturer said its “ground-breaking” Precedent platform—which will enable it to meet the new EPA engine rules— will “set new industry standards in both fuel efficiency and emissions control.”

The new line will include greater than 25-hp. single- and multi-temperature trailer units as well as under 25-hp single-temperature models.

Thermo King noted that its decision to offer the over 25-hp. EPA Tier IV Final-compliant unit will enable it to “continue production of its current range of SB models throughout 2013, allowing customers the widest possible array of options during the transition period.”

However, due to expected customer demand, Thermo King said it will have limited availability of its popular SB230 model and will require all orders to be placed by March 31, 2013, with shipment required no later than December 31, 2013.

The company noted that “it is not expected that the SB230 will be available beyond 2013” and that orders will be accepted and filled on a first-come, first-served basis in accordance with EPA rules.

Thermo King added that questions on additional details on the new Precedent product line and related to 2013 SB pricing and availability can be directed to local Thermo King representatives.