Transit agencies nationwide are demanding more innovative, energy-efficient solutions to meet tight budget constraints. In response, Thermo King is offering new solutions that enable owners and operators of light rail and bus systems to optimize energy and operational efficiency and sustainability, increase passenger and driver comfort and improve the bottom line.
Thermo King, a manufacturer of temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, recently introduced these solutions at the 2011 American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Expo in New Orleans.
At the conference, Steve D. Johnson, product manager from Thermo King, also educated attendees about the energy efficiency of all-electric heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for bus.
Custom HVAC Unit for Mid-size Rail
Many U.S. metropolitan areas are introducing a new light rail segment called low-floor street car to meet the growing demand for more energy-efficient and sustainable light rail transit. To meet customer demand from this market, Thermo King launched a custom mid-size HVAC unit to provide a reliable, compact and efficient solution. Engineers at Thermo King worked closely with key rail car manufacturers to produce this new unit.
The mid-size rail unit, which is custom built to specifications for each transit agency, is one of the lightest and quietest in its class, enabling users to optimize energy efficiency and passenger and driver comfort. The first units will be installed on streetcars in Portland, Ore., by first quarter 2012.
"Our research shows that as many as 60 U.S. cities have started construction or are planning to add this transportation mode to their streets," said Dermott Crombie, vice president of global marine, bus and rail for Thermo King. "This versatile unit features the most recent technical advances in the rail industry to help our customers create a reliably quiet, comfortable environment for passengers and drivers while optimizing energy and operational efficiency."
New Bus Solutions
New bus solutions from Thermo King respond to customer demand for solutions that allow bus owners and operators to improve fuel efficiency and lower operational and life-cycle costs.
The innovative new solutions for the bus market incorporate leading edge technologies to help operators meet their energy efficiency, sustainability and cost objectives while optimizing comfort throughout the vehicle for passengers and drivers.
These solutions include the IntelligAIRE III microprocessor with advanced diagnostics and J1939 CANBus communication capability, long-life brushless motors and all-electric HVAC.
"These solutions will help bus owners and operators provide a consistently comfortable environment while improving the bottom line and increasing energy efficiency and sustainability," said Doug Lenz, director of product management and marketing for Thermo King.
IntelligAIRE III with SAE J1939 Communications Network - The IntelligAIRE III is an advanced microprocessor-based controller for bus climate control systems which can be programmed for either manual or automatic operation. This third-generation solution helps improve operational efficiency for lower lifecycle costs.
The controller offers a unique modular configuration which provides the user with greater flexibility for customization. The modular configuration reduces the number of electrical connections and significantly lowers weight through the elimination of long multi-wire harnesses.