Peterbilt Motors Company

Peterbilt increases Model 579 versatility with new Smartair configurations

Compact space-saver battery boxes now available for Peterbilt’s no-idle SmartAir system on the Model 579 allow for greater spec’ing flexibility with new chassis configurations, Peterbilt Motors Company recently announced.

“The SmartAir system provides customers with unparalleled climate control performance through our exclusive no-idle technology that is fully integrated and factory installed on select Peterbilt models,” said Landon Sproull, Peterbilt chief engineer. “Offering the space-saver battery box option for our Model 579 minimizes weight and further reduces what was already the industry’s smallest footprint for a no-idle cooling system.

“Additionally, the space-saver battery box can be mounted to the chassis in a variety of locations allowing for greater spec’ing flexibility, including exhaust configurations with the diesel particulate filter and selective catalytic reduction catalyst in the right-hand, under-cab position.”

The space-saver battery box is constructed of lightweight aluminum and available with a choice of either an aluminum or composite cover.

The lightweight, compact SmartAir system is available for Peterbilt Model 579s equipped with a 72" or 80" sleeper.

SmartAir can help customers save in annual fuel costs, comply with anti-idle regulations and reduce their carbon footprint. It has a 7,500 BTU/Hour cooling capacity – keeping the sleeper comfortable even in the harshest hot-weather climates – and can operate for up to 10 hours on a single charge.

“Both SmartAir’s cooling capacity and charge efficiency are among the highest in the industry,” said Sproull.

The system is powered by Odyssey absorbed glass mat batteries, which can be housed in the new space-saver box or in previously offered aluminum box options, such as aero-styled or with a non-slip step cover.

SmartAir has a split-system design which means the brushless condenser fan is remotely located in a low, central position outside the cab for optimum performance and maximum under-bunk storage capacity.

As a factory-installed option, SmartAir is fully integrated into the existing sleeper HVAC system and utilizes existing ducting for superior fit and finish and quality. The system is easy to operate and is controlled through an in-sleeper LCD display.

The space-saver battery boxes can be mounted in two new positions: right-hand, back-of-cab and left-hand, back-of-sleeper. These join the existing position of right-hand under the cab.