Truckers are often on the road for extended periods, with their trucks serving as both a means of transportation and a place to rest. However, the cost of running the engine during rest periods can be a financial burden, especially when subject to idling laws and fines.
This is where Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) come in, providing energy to power essential amenities without the need for idling. APUs are a popular solution for truckers looking to save fuel costs, reduce emissions, and improve overall comfort during their rest periods.
Imagine driving a car without air conditioning in the summer heat, or trying to sleep in a house with no power during a blackout. These situations illustrate the importance of having access to the necessary amenities to stay comfortable and rested.
APUs function similarly, providing truckers with the energy they need to power appliances such as air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration units. By utilizing APUs, truckers can rest assured that they have access to these amenities without the need to idle their engine, saving both fuel and money in the process.
In this article, we will explore the various benefits of APUs for truckers, the different types available, and how TCS Fuel is committed to helping small to medium-sized trucking companies save on fuel costs.
What are APUs?
APUs, also known as auxiliary power units, are devices that provide energy to power the heater, air conditioning, and TV without having to keep the truck in idle mode. They are particularly useful for truckers who spend their rest periods inside their trucks, as running the truck’s engine during rest periods is costly and subject to idling laws and fines.
APUs can be powered by combustion, such as diesel, natural gas, or propane, or by electricity, such as battery power. They are available in various sizes and costs, ranging from $8,500 to $13,000, including installation.
The benefits of APUs for truckers are numerous. Firstly, they save gallons of diesel fuel, reduce air pollution, and make it easier to comply with idling laws and regulations. Secondly, combustion APUs are strong enough to heat or cool large vehicles and run a microwave and TV, while electric APUs deliver about 12 hours of power for AC and require less maintenance. However, charging the battery takes 6-12 hours. Lastly, the size of the APU must fit within the truck’s frame to avoid extra expenses.
Overall, APUs provide significant benefits for truckers, making their rest periods more comfortable, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly.
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Types and Maintenance
Electric and combustion are the two types of APUs available for truckers. Combustion APUs use diesel, natural gas, or propane to generate energy to power the truck’s heater, AC, microwave, and TV. These types of APUs are powerful enough to run large vehicles and provide a comfortable rest period for the trucker. However, combustion APUs also require regular maintenance to ensure they function properly.
Truckers need to check the oil levels, replace filters, and keep the fuel system clean to avoid malfunction and extend the life of the APU. Electric APUs, on the other hand, use batteries to provide energy for the heater, AC, and other electronic devices. These APUs usually deliver about 12 hours of power, which may not be enough for long rest periods.
However, electric APUs require less maintenance than combustion APUs and are more environmentally friendly. The only maintenance needed is to charge the battery, which takes about 6-12 hours. Electric APUs may be a good option for truckers who take shorter rest periods and want to save on fuel and maintenance costs.
TCS Fuel Card
The TCS Fuel Card offers significant savings for truckers at over 1,000 in-network locations across the country. Truckers can take advantage of fuel discounts that help them save money on their fuel expenses.
The TCS Fuel Card is designed to level the playing field between small to medium-sized trucking companies and larger fleets by providing access to fuel discounts that are typically only available to larger fleets.
In addition to fuel discounts, TCS Fuel is committed to providing responsive and personal customer service. Truckers can rely on TCS Fuel to help them navigate through the complexities of fuel management, including fuel tax reporting, fuel purchasing, and fuel efficiency.
TCS Fuel’s customer-centric approach is aimed at helping truckers save time and money, so they can focus on their core business operations.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any safety precautions that truckers should take when using APUs?
As with any equipment, safety measures are necessary when using APUs. Truckers should ensure proper maintenance of the APU, regularly checking for leaks, and avoiding using it in enclosed spaces. Following maintenance tips can prevent accidents and ensure a safe environment.
Can APUs be used in extremely cold or hot weather conditions?
APUs can be used in extremely cold or hot weather conditions, providing energy to turn on the heater or AC without idling the truck. This saves gallons of diesel fuel, reduces air pollution, and increases fuel efficiency.
How long does it take to install an APU?
The APU installation timeline varies depending on the type of APU and the truck, taking anywhere from a few hours to a full day. The cost comparison for installation ranges from $8,500 to $13,000, including installation fees.
Are there any government incentives or tax credits available for purchasing and using APUs?
There are government incentives available for purchasing and using APUs. Financial benefits include tax credits and grants, as well as reduced fuel consumption and emissions. However, eligibility and amount vary by state and program.
Can APUs be used while the truck is in motion, or only during rest periods?
APUs can be used while the truck is in motion, but they are primarily intended for use during rest periods. They offer fuel efficiency and are an alternative to idling, making it easier to comply with regulations. Using APUs can save gallons of diesel fuel and reduce air pollution.