BlueCool System Gets CARB Approval

Posted on June 9, 2008

Webasto Product North America announced that it has received California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) approval for its BlueCool Truck Bunk Cooler. BlueCool Truck (BCT) is an engine-off technology that has no emissions when in use and is designed to provide bunk cooling and dehumidification.

BlueCool Truck’s source of cooling is a high-tech cold storage unit that is charged (frozen) while the truck is running. During times of driver rest, the system utilizes only small amounts of electricity from the existing vehicle batteries (no additional batteries are needed) to circulate super-chilled coolant between the cold storage unit and a heat exchanger installed in the truck sleeper cabin. Pushed by four small air distribution fans, the cold air will keep the bunk area cool for up to 10 hours in most ambient conditions, the company said. Once charged, the system uses no diesel fuel and therefore produces no emissions during the cooling operation because it runs independently of the OEM air conditioning system.

BlueCool Truck joins several other Webasto products that received CARB approval in 2007, including the Air Top 2000 S and Air Top 2000 ST compartment air heaters and Thermo Top Z/C (TSL 17) engine coolant pre-heater. “With the CARB approval of BlueCool Truck, Webasto now offers a unique suite of engine-off heating and cooling products that provide driver and occupant comfort all 12 months of the year,” said John Thomas, vice president of marketing, Webasto Product North America. “BlueCool Truck and our Fuel Operated Heaters are truly the ‘green-green’ solution – green environmentally and green financially.”