Trojan Battery and Bergstrom partner

Sept. 10, 2010
To provide AGM battery solution in Nite no-idle systems

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 utilize the OverDrive are the Nite Plus, Nite Phoenix and Nite Day Cab.

“We are pleased to welcome Bergstrom and their Nite systems to Trojan’s global alliance of OEM partners. Trojan’s OverDrive AGM 31 battery is designed specifically to meet the heavy duty cycling requirements of battery-powered, idle-elimination systems like the Nite climate solutions,” said Elke Hirschman, vice president of marketing for Trojan Battery.

Ongoing implementation of emissions legislation across the United States has increased the need for no-idle equipment that provides power for heating and air conditioning in the sleeper cab without the main engine running.

A battery-based system like the Nite system is quickly emerging as the preferred technology because it is the most cost effective and regulatory compliant choice, particularly compared to diesel APUs.

Demands on any APU battery differ considerably to those used to start a truck’s engine. Traditional starting or dual-purpose batteries are not designed to withstand the 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 Trojan’s 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. This helps drivers reduce emissions and comply with anti-idling laws. It also helps save money on fuel.

“Bergstrom is excited to have an alliance with Trojan Battery. With their excellent AGM battery technology we’re able to offer a broader range of battery choices to our no-idle solutions,” said Bill Gordon, national director of aftermarket sales and global marketing for Bergstrom.

“The Trojan OverDrive battery represents the perfect addition to our full line of systems and accessories adding a cycling AGM alternative to other battery options such as the lithium ion battery that is currently under development.”

In addition, the 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 Trojan’s OverDrive AGM 31 allowing for the battery to be utilized in sleeping berths of America’s largest heavy duty truck makers.

The Trojan OverDrive AGM 31 battery is a sealed deep cycle, absorbed glass mat (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.

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