Volvo Trucks North America introduced a battery-powered parking cooler as a factory-installed option for its VNM 630, VNL 630, VNL 670, VNL 730 and VNL 780 sleeper models. The battery-powered parking cooler allows drivers to keep the cab and sleeper comfortable without idling the engine.
Power comes from the combined energy of the truck starting batteries paired with four AGM deep cycle batteries located in the in-frame battery box. The Volvo parking cooler is TMC-approved and rated to keep the sleeper comfortable at 74 degrees Fahrenheit for up to 10 hours, even during the heat of the day.
The system is ideal for long haul drivers who run their trucks at least six hours, then park for their required break. Smart energy management software is also included and protects the engine’s starting batteries from being run down.
The Volvo parking cooler is operated by an automatic thermostat that controls both the air conditioning and heat if the truck is equipped with the optional cab parking heater. The thermostat allows the driver to simply set one temperature plus the fan speed to maintain optimal cab comfort.
As a factory-installed option, the Volvo battery-powered parking cooler is fully integrated with the sleeper duct work. For service and maintenance requirements, the parking cooler and its components are easily accessible through convenient service panels.
The Volvo battery-powered parking cooler is factory-installed at Volvo’s New River Valley plant, Dublin, Virginia, where all Volvo truck models for North America are assembled, and is covered by a three-year warranty.