Third-generation TriPac  Auxiliary Power Unit   -  Photo: Thermo King/Work Truck

Third-generation TriPac  Auxiliary Power Unit 

Photo: Thermo King/Work Truck

Thermo King introduced the third-generation diesel TriPac Auxiliary Power Unit (APU).

Building on the TriPac Evolution, the newest model provides the same comfort and performance customers expect but with added enhancements:

  • To reduce emissions.
  • Monitor unit performance.
  • Increase profitability.

The third-generation TriPac APU is available in two different models to add flexibility and help customers meet emission regulations.

  1. 49-state Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4 compliant solution for aftermarket installations.
  2. A new aftertreatment device that is 50-state compliant with California Air Resource Board and meets EPA Tier 4 compliance for new OEM or aftermarket installations.  

Helping Lower Fuel Consumption

The Thermo King TriPac APU helps customers with ESG goals since it eliminates unnecessary engine idling, which reduces fuel consumption.

TriPac’s fuel consumption is approximately 75% lower per hour compared to traditional idling, resulting in an annual fuel saving of 2,500 gallons or 10,000 gallons over the average lifespan of a tractor.

Additionally, it minimizes wear and tear on the larger tractor engine and enhances the resale value.

“The progression of our TriPac APU solves many challenges that fleets face today because it helps maximize comfort for drivers while also increasing the fleet’s return on investment and addresses emission regulations and connectivity,” said Charlene Vance, APU portfolio leader, Thermo King Americas.

“In fact, with increased fuel costs and a focus on reduced emissions, APUs are being utilized in more than just Class 8 sleeper cabs and gaining popularity in adjacent markets such as large service vehicles and on heavy construction equipment such as cranes.”  

Telematics Capabilities for an APU

The Thermo King third-generation TriPac APU is the first in the refrigerated transportation industry to include telematics capabilities for an APU. TracKing telematics is now an available option on both third-generation models.

Adding telematics provides the data needed to have a clear line of sight to the unit’s run hours, cabin temperatures, and fuel tax reporting. Real-time software updates, alarms, and maintenance reminders help ensure the APU runs smoothly.

The third-generation TriPac APU also features an updated controller and in-cab digital user interface, providing a premium, modern driver experience. The new digital controller provides drivers greater control over their comfort and APU operations with large cabin temperature readings, function icons and toggling menus. 

In other news, Thermo King introduced its Remote Operating Center. This system provides rapid roadside assistance for transport refrigeration units by combining technology and human expertise. You can view our news reporting here.