Trojan Battery Company has announced a partnership with Bergstrom Inc as the absorbed glass mat (AGM) option to power its NITE no-idle thermal environment systems with Trojan’s OverDrive AGM 31 batteries. Among the battery-powered, no-idling products that will use the OverDrive are the NITE Plus, NITE Phoenix, and NITE Day Cab.
Implementation of emissions legislation in the United States has increased the need for no-idle equipment that provides power for heating and air-conditioning in a sleeper cab without the main engine running. A battery-based system like the NITE system is emerging as preferred technology.
Demands on any auxiliary power unit (APU) battery differ considerably to those used to start a truck’s engine. Traditional starting or dual-purpose batteries are not designed to withstand rigors of a deep-discharge and repeated-recharge application. They are built to deliver maximum cranking power or only short and shallow-cycle performance. To effectively power an engine-off heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system, a battery with deep-cycling capabilities is required. Equipped with a thicker, more robust plate and a heavy-duty grid, a true deep-cycle battery like OverDrive is designed to perform optimally in APU applications, giving the battery a longer lifetime with a stable capacity.
As battery-powered, no-idling systems, the CARB-approved NITE units are able to generate high-Btu cooling capacity without sending damaging emissions into the environment.
In addition, OverDrive will be made available through truck dealers’ respective OES parts programs. Bergstrom affiliated aftermarket parts dealerships—including Alliance Parts, Paccar Parts, PartSmart Parts, and Volvo Mack Parts—will have access to OverDrive AGM 31.
This battery is a sealed deep-cycle, AGM battery specifically engineered for powering no-idle HVAC systems over long periods of time. Built on proprietary deep-cycle technology, the OverDrive AGM 31 battery is optimized for high power density. Its heavy-duty cycling and deep-discharge characteristics allow the OverDrive to provide a steady current in excess of 10 hours, effectively maintaining power to the APU system. The OverDrive AGM 31 comes with a 30-month warranty and is supported nationally through Trojan’s master distributor network.