TransTech Bus announced that the Espar E-Guardian 5 engine preheater will be available on its complete product line, making it the first Type A school bus manufacturer to offer the product as a factory-installed option.
“We are really excited and feel that our dealers and customers will benefit greatly because of the Espar system. Being able to install the E-Guardian 5 and eliminate excess idling, save on engine hours and (offer) the safety of a warm defrost just makes this a great option for our customers,” said Brian Barrington, national sales manager for TransTech, in a statement on Friday.
Espar heaters for school buses are designed to reduce idling and overall engine hours for more fuel savings and less maintenance. Espar’s Multi-Max F1000 digital controller features set-and-forget programming for convenience while the Auto-Reset Impact Switch will ensure startability in rough terrain. Additionally, the E-Guardian 5 (pictured, at left) is EPA verified and approved by the California Air Resources Board.
“Customers can now choose a green initiative that pays off with a warm-engine start, reduced fuel use and emissions,” noted Paula Bishop, Espar’s manager of transportation and environmental affairs. “We consider this new relationship a winning combination.”
Espar North America, a subsidiary of worldwide climate control company Eberspaecher, received the second annual General Motors Supplier Quality of Excellence Award on Oct. 1.
A company spokesman said then that Espar North America is undergoing a re-branding to Espar Climate Systems, following the acquisition of smaller companies with different products, such as the Sutrack air-conditioning line in Europe and around the globe. Espar also partners with American Cooling Technologies on air-conditioning and heating products for the school bus market.