New “Arctic BREEZE” System Brings No-Idle Cab Comfort To Lighter Trucks

A new “split system” design from Hammond fits battery-powered air conditioning into vehicles with shorter frame rails

Ingersoll, ON The leading developer of 12V air conditioning for trucks has introduced a new version of the popular Arctic BREEZE Truck AC system to fit into a wide range of trucks and delivery vans.

By moving the AC condenser and fan outside the vehicle, Hammond is now able to install Arctic BREEZE no-idle systems for light trucks and short rail frames.

Launched in 2008 as a no-idle solution for maintaining comfort in the cab without requiring an APU, the Arctic BREEZE has been seen as the trucking industry’s most successful system in Class 8 truck fleets operating on long haul routes.

According to Jeff Lemon, the President and chief designer at Hammond Air Conditioning Ltd., the company took on the development of a “split system” design when customers expressed interest in Arctic BREEZE Truck AC for the Mercedes “Sprinter” cargo vans. “On larger trucks, the entire system, including the battery pack, can usually be mounted to the frame rails behind the cab or sleeper. Along with the Sprinter, we found that there is a wide range of light and heavy trucks that need a no-idle AC system too, but have to fit it into a much more constricted space. Splitting the AC system into two separate components gives us the flexibility to fit these smaller vehicles.”

The new system packages the AC components so that the condenser and fan are mounted externally, while the compressor and motor are located inside the cab.

“Part of the secret to our success with the system is the efficiency of its motor,” Lemon explains. “It’s extremely compact and quiet, so it won’t disturb anyone while they sleep in cool comfort in their cab.”

“Smart” solution. Keep cool. Save fuel.

The split system Arctic BREEZE Truck AC offers no-idle comfort for vehicle operators in a wide range of utility and delivery applications.

Last year, the US EPA added Hammond Air Conditioning to its index of environmentally “smart” transportation technologies, qualifying Hammond to display the SmartWaySM service mark. Hammond developed the system using just 3 proprietary components, ensuring simple installation and service. Arctic BREEZE Truck AC delivers 8000 BTU of cooling, while drawing as little as 45 Amps from 6 AGM glass mat truck batteries. The fast-charging batteries recommended by Hammond provide up to 16 hours cooling time, even in the hottest regions of the country. Each system is equipped with an integrated low voltage cut-out switch to prevent draining the starting batteries.

Hammond calculates that, in most applications, an investment in their truck AC systems will recover their full cost within a single season based on fuel savings alone. Operators save additional costs through reduced engine wear and virtually zero maintenance. The purchase price and installation times for the new Arctic BREEZE Truck AC split system are expected to be no different from the original.

Jeff Lemon now looks forward to working with different types of fleets all over North America. The split system, he feels, will open doors to all types of cargo vans, straight trucks and day cabs, where operators either take sleep breaks in the vehicle or have long wait times for loading. He notes that even larger trucks in Canada often present space limitations due to larger fuel tanks and shorter rails. Recently, a tour bus operator in the southern U.S. began testing the split system to keep the drivers compartment cool while passengers are sightseeing off the bus. Hammond has also begun investigating potential applications in RVs and motorhomes.

Hammond Air Conditioning is the world’s recognized leader in integrated aftermarket air conditioning systems for all types of equipment, trucks and boats. Arctic Wolf, Arctic WAVE and Arctic BREEZE systems represent today’s most compact, reliable, energy-efficient AC solutions for all leading OEM brands, backed by the best in factory support and parts service. With more than 30 years experience, Hammond’s supports systems for more than 700 different vehicle types – from mini-excavators to motor graders, from heavy mining and construction equipment to material handlers and marine applications.

For more information about Hammond Air Conditioning and the full line of Arctic BREEZE Truck AC systems, contact Denise Henry or Ken Barnard at:

Hammond Air Conditioning Limited
125 Samnah Crescent, Ingersoll Ontario.
Telephone: 1-800 267-2665 ? Fax: 1-888 267-3745
arcticbreeze@hammondac.com ? www.arcticbreeze-truckac.com