Eaton: New electrical inverter can help boost driver satisfaction

Oct. 3, 2014

Eaton is now offering a DC to AC inverter to its commercial truck product lineup. The new Eaton Pure Sine Wave Inverter produces either 1,000 or 1,800 Watts of AC power output from a standard Class 8 DC vehicle battery and can be used to power items such as phone chargers, computers, heaters, microwaves, refrigerators, TVs and sleep-apnea machines, the company said.

“The inverters can be a great recruiting and retention tool with drivers by improving comfort and reducing time spent in hotels,” said William Gross, manager, emerging products.

“When you also factor in the productivity improvements and fuel savings from reduced idle time, fleets will quickly see an excellent return on their Eaton Inverter investments,” he added.

A built-in, optional 40-amp charger and standard AC transfer switch automatically transitions between AC utility power and truck battery power. Eaton said this minimizes battery discharge and provides a seamless electrical system solution for Class 8 truck sleeper cabs.

Safety features include DC and AC over- and under-voltage protection, overload protection, backup fuses and circuit breakers.

A standard low-voltage disconnect feature protects batteries from excess discharge.  The pure sine wave design provides safe and reliable power for AC powered household appliances and demanding electric motor driven loads, according to the manufacturer.

“We are pleased by major truck OEM acceptance of our inverter products and the popularity of the OEM-installed inverter option by truck fleets,” said Michael Klasen, product manager, Controls & Power Conversion.

“It is great to see a return on Eaton’s investment in application testing and we look forward to making the performance and quality of the Eaton True Sine Wave Inverter available for all vehicle OEMs and aftermarket customers,” he continued.

All Eaton Pure Sine Wave Inverters carry a two-year warranty. Eaton Roadranger Field Marketing sales, service and aftermarket representatives offer complete installation support.

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