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Pony Pack, Inc. J. Rex Greer, Inventor/President Presentation at Businesses for the Bay January 30, 2006. Why Do Truckers Idle? Four Common Scenarios. Maintain engine warmth in freezing conditions. Charge batteries and run power Inverters for 110VAC appliances.

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Pony Pack, Inc.

J. Rex Greer, Inventor/President

Presentation at Businesses for the Bay

January 30, 2006


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Why Do Truckers Idle?Four Common Scenarios

  • Maintain engine warmth in freezing conditions.

  • Charge batteries and run power Inverters for 110VAC appliances.

  • Maintain cab/sleeper comfort: HEAT in the winter months.

  • Maintain cab/sleeper comfort: AIR CONDITIONING in the summer months.

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When Do Truckers Idle?

  • During federally mandated rest periods (10 Hours per Day).

  • Waiting to load or unload.

  • At scales and ports-of-entry.

  • Prevent cold starts or warm-up engine after cold start.

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What are the effects of Idling?

  • High horsepower engines use 0.8 to 1.5 gallons of fuel per hour.

  • Decreased oil life.

  • Increased maintenance and overhaul costs.

  • Increased exhaust emissions.

  • Reduced profit margins for the owner.

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What are the Available Options?

  • Advanced Truck Stop Electrification (ATSE).

  • Truck Stop Electrification (TSE).

  • Generator Sets (GenSet) and AC powered appliances.

  • Battery powered solutions.

  • Legislation – “Let ‘em suffer!”

  • Auxiliary Power Units (APU).

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Definition: Auxiliary Power Unit

An Auxiliary Power Unit is a single piece of equipment that provides coverage for the four common idling scenarios.

  • Also provides backup air conditioning and charging systems in case of certain truck system failures.

  • Fully integrates with on-board equipment.

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What Is Pony Pack, Inc.?

  • Pony Pack manufactures Auxiliary Power Units in Albuquerque, NM and markets them for over-the-road trucks.

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The Pony Pack Philosophy

  • Use as much of the on-board existing equipment as possible to minimize weight and maximize space savings.

  • Utilize service parts that are widely available through existing supply lines.

  • Run everything except the drive shaft.

  • Use an inverter if the driver needs 110 volt power.

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The Pony Pack Unit

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Pony Pack and Research

  • Clean Cities grant for idle reduction data acquisition. (www.eere.energy.gov/cleancities/sep_04_idle.html)

  • Provide support for Smart Way Transport kickoff with EPA and Oakridge National Lab.

  • Provide support for UC Davis Project.

  • Work with the Navy, Border Patrol, and Army.

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Pony Pack Mounting

  • Steel frame mounts to available 24 inch section of truck frame.

  • Aluminum base plate mounts to steel frame.

  • Base plate is isolated from steel frame via four rubber mounts.

  • Rubber Isolation reduces noise and vibration in the cab/sleeper.

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At the unit:

Coolant supply.

Coolant feed.

A/C suction.

A/C Pressure.

Battery voltage and ground.

Wiring to control panel.

Fuel Supply.

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Pony Pack Connections

  • In the engine compartment:

    • Cab heat pump.

    • Engine cooling system.

    • Existing A/C system:

      • Shunt valve.

      • Suction tee.

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Pony Pack Connections

  • In the truck:

    • Control Panel.

    • Wires run behind dash and trim.

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Pony Pack Specifications

  • 10.8 HP Kubota Diesel engine.

  • Two cylinders.

  • Uses same fuel as truck engine:

    • Low sulfur fuels reduce our emissions.

    • Urea additives reduce our emissions also.

    • Can run bio-diesel as well.

  • 0.2 gallons per hour fuel consumption.

  • Reduced emissions compared to truck engine.

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Pony Pack Specifications

  • Common parts:

    • A/C compressor and alternator fit current Ford Powerstroke Pickup trucks.

    • Modine condenser and radiator.

    • Gates belts and hoses.

    • Standard oil and fuel filters – we supply cross reference list to most manufacturers.

    • Permanent washable air cleaner with spare element and cleaning kit.

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Pony Pack Operation

  • The Pony Pack provides:

    • Cab and sleeper heating as if the truck were running.

    • Cab and sleeper air conditioning as if the truck were running.

    • Engine warming.

    • 110 amps of DC power for battery charging and accessory operation.

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Pony Pack Operation

  • The operator uses the truck’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) controls.

  • Can maintain the same comfort level as if the truck were running.

  • Can add a voltage inverter to supply 110 VAC accessories.

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Pony Pack/Operator Interface

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Pony Pack Benefits

  • Dramatically reduced emissions compared to idling high HP engine.

  • Fuel savings – Unit pays for itself within 12 – 18 months of operation.

  • Reduced Maintenance costs on truck engine.

  • No vibration and less noise.

  • On truck - don’t have to drive around two or three hours hunting hose, plug-in, battery charger, or motel.

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Less Obvious Benefits

  • Extended engine life.

  • Longer oil-change intervals and less oil in the waste stream.

  • Longer interval between overhauls.

  • Compliance with idling regulations.

  • Spare alternator and A/C system.

  • Lower driver turn over rate.

  • Conserve scarce natural resources.

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Questions?

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