The Idle Free Work Truck No Idle Heat System™ offers all the benefits of idle elimination without compromising performance, cost savings, driver comfort and safety. The system is easy to use and install on all types of work trucks including snow plows, municipal and utility trucks.
Designed for the day cab or work truck market, the Idle Free Work Truck No Idle Heat System™ provides up to eight hours of interior cab heat with the truck engine turned off. Unnecessary workday idling is eliminated. The Work Truck No Idle Heat System uses a coolant heater to provide engine heat and interior cab heat. Additionally the system provides 12-volt electrical power for work truck functions, such as running lights or communication systems. An Engine Start Module (ESM), similar to an ultracapacitor, is fully integrated into the system and can start the truck even if the truck batteries are dead.
Installation of the system, which typically takes only three hours, actually decreases the overall weight of the truck by about 35 pounds. With this system design, Idle Free eliminates the need for dedicated enclosures for any of the system components, making for a simple, clean, easy installation.
Idle Free Systems Work Truck No Idle Heat System will debut on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Pennsylvania, a state where some areas can get up to 113 inches of snow each year, is equipping its fleet of snowplows with the new system. In Pennsylvania, as with most snowplow operations, trucks are deployed and then idle for hours prior to a storm hitting in order to be prepared to service roads as soon as snow starts to fall. While waiting to be released to start plowing, a driver is required to be on location, in the truck and therefore needs heat for comfort, the lights on for safety as well as operating communication equipment to stay in contact with headquarters. The Idle Free system will enable the fleet to handle all those needs without the cost and environmental impact of idling the truck.
"When bad weather is in the forecast, our snowplows are deployed and stand idling, waiting for the first snowflake to fall," says Pennsylvania Turnpike Director of Maintenance, Todd Garrison. "Installing the Work Truck No Idle Heat System will help keep our employees comfortable while eliminating needless idling and reducing emissions. With the fuel savings we see, it will also help stretch our winter maintenance budget."