I always thought diesel engines sipped fuel and needed to be idled because they’re so hard to start in the cold?
Small truck diesel can easily consume ¾ of a gallon of fuel in an hour at low idle.
A large class 8 truck engine can burn 1 to 1.2 gallons or more at high idle.
According to the U. S. Dept. of energy, idling each winter costs the long-distance trucking industry a per-truck average approaching $5000 per winter for fuel, maintenance and decreased vehicle service life. Multiply this by 400,000 to 500,000 L. D. trucks and the money wasted in idling each winter becomes substantial.
A well-maintained diesel engine with winter fuel or fuel additive is not difficult to start.
And a warmed diesel is not difficult to restart.
The AUTOTHERM ERS systems never cool engine coolant down to ambient (outside) temperatures. Operation terminates when coolant temperature drops to around 95° F. T
he rest of the engine coolant cool-down takes place at the same rate as any shut-off engine. In extremely cold weather, ether starters help cold engine starting.
- How does the AUTOTHERM ERS system work?
- I run overnight in a sleeper cab and stop to rest for 3 or 4 hours. Is the AUTOTHERM ERS system able to keep the sleeper warm?
- Can I install the AUTOTHERM ERS system myself?
- How long does it take to install the system on a truck?
- How much fuel can the AUTOTHERM ERS system save me?
- If the system runs such a long time, won’t this run the battery down?
- Why do you call AUTOTHERM ERS a system?
- Do I need my ignition key to run the AUTOTHERM ERS system?
- How long will AUTOTHERM ERS systems keep a stationary truck warm?
- Why is the AUTOTHERM ERS system called an energy recovery system?