Madison, WI / Worcester, MA (August 28, 2013) Idle Free Systems, Inc. and Ballard Mack Sales and Service, Inc. have penned a agreement naming Ballard a distributor of Idle Free’s Complete Electric Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) Solution™ in the Northeast United States.
Ballard Mack Sales and Service provides bumper-to-bumper service on tractors, trailers and trucks for Mack, Volvo, Hino, Fuso and UD, and several other light, medium and heavy-duty trucks, and is now an Idle Free APU sales, installation and service center. Under the terms of the agreement, Ballard will sell and service Idle Free APUs in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
The Idle Free Complete Electric APU Solution™ provides drivers and fleet operators a flexible, cost-effective alternative to discretionary idling without compromising performance, cost savings, or driver comfort while reducing emissions for a cleaner environment. Unique to the Idle Free electric APUs is its ability to be powered three ways:
1. An independent battery bank consisting of four AGM batteries captures energy produced by the engine’s alternator and stores it and, when the truck’s engine is off, converts the stored energy into 120 volt electricity using a pure sine wave inverter;
2. Shorepower, which is standard on every Idle Free system, allows drivers unlimited runtime when plugged into all-weather electrical outlets being deployed across North America; and
3. Reefer Link™, Idle Free’s proprietary, patented technology run by the reefer. Idle Free is the only APU on the market that can be powered by the reefer.
Additionally, Idle Free APUs use a coolant heater as a fully integrated component of the system providing heat for both the cab / bunk as well as the engine block.
“After researching all the APUs currently on the market, we found the quality, durability and capabilities of Idle Free APUs to be head and shoulders above the others,” said John Picking, President, Ballard Mack Sales and Service.
“We’re excited about the partnership with Ballard, whose distinctive reputation for quality and a track record of success matches our own,” said Robert Hopton, CEO of Idle Free Systems. “With this partnership, we are closing geographic gaps on dealer representation of Idle Free APUs throughout North America.”
Auxiliary power units eliminate discretionary idling, which can consume thousands of gallons of additional diesel a year. In addition to increasing engine run time, which accelerates wear and tear and related long-term maintenance on trucks, discretionary idling creates health and environmental issues related to excess engine emissions. With regulations and fines growing along with concerns about global climate change and the United States’ reliance on imported fuel, idle elimination is an increasingly important consideration for drivers and fleet operators.
Idle Free’s Complete Electric APU Solution™ is a true zero-idle solution. The APU batteries charge while the truck is in operation and serves as a power source while the truck engine is turned off.
About Ballard Mack Sales & Service, Inc.
Ballard Truck Center is a Mack, Volvo, Hino, Fuso and UD truck dealer servicing Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. While we specialize in these brands, we service any and all makes and models of light, medium and heavy-duty trucks. With four locations, we service almost all of Southern New England. We are a full line dealer with a large new and used truck inventory.
Ballard Mack web site: http://ballardmack.com
About Idle Free Systems, Inc.
Idle Free Systems, Inc. (“Idle Free”) manufactures electric idle elimination solutions for the commercial trucking industry and school buses. All Idle Free APU’s are manufactured in the United States.
The Idle Free electric APU is The Complete Electric APU Solution™ offering drivers and fleet operators a flexible, cost-effective alternative to discretionary idling without compromising performance, cost savings or driver comfort while reducing emissions for a cleaner environment.
Unique to the Idle Free electric APUs is its ability to be powered three ways: an independent battery bank, Shorepower and Reefer Link™, Idle Free’s proprietary, patented technology run by the reefer. Idle Free is the only APU on the market that can be powered by the reefer.
Idle Free Systems web site: http://idlefreesystems.com
Patti D. Hill