August 27, 2014
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.
Landon Sproull, Peterbilt Chief Engineer, says offering the space-saver battery box option for the 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,” he says.
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-inch sleeper. 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 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.