Thermo King's External Battery Charging Kit Provides Cost-Saving Solution

(Minneapolis - February 27, 2006) - While many drivers operate lift gates and other electric accessories as part of their day-to-day operations, maintaining a sufficient power supply to these accessories can be a challenge when the vehicle engine is turned off. Engines may be turned off because of anti-idle considerations, or simply because using fuel from the tractor's engine to power the lift gate is a waste of money. When the engine is turned off, the lift gate will use batteries to provide power, which generates a large current draw and can drain the batteries.

Thermo King's External Battery Charging Kit can help with this problem. "This kit was designed specifically with the lift gate in mind," explained Jason Forman, accessories product manager, Thermo King. "It provides an out-of-the-box solution by tapping a reefer's power supply without risk of draining its battery." By allowing the reefer alternator to recharge the lift gate or other accessory batteries, the kit prevents the external system from drawing directly from the reefer battery, and the reefer unit is completely isolated during lift gate operation.

"Isolating the reefer battery from the external current draw ensures continuous starting power," explained Forman. "The reefer unit battery is never affected, and the kit will help keep the lift gate or other accessories working all day."

More information on Thermo King's External Battery Charging Kit can be found at Thermo King dealerships nationwide or visiting www.thermoking.com.

Thermo King Corporation, a business unit of diversified industrial firm Ingersoll Rand Company Limited, was founded in 1938 and manufactures transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications, including trailers, truck bodies, buses, shipboard containers and railway cars. The company operates 10 manufacturing facilities and 17 parts distribution centers worldwide. Sales and service is provided by a global dealer network of 865 independently owned companies in 75 countries.

Kim Thorsen, Thermo King Corporation

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