Global automotive supplier Valeo confirms its acquisition of German company Spheros, which provides climate control systems for school buses in North America, among other markets.
The five-year pact with Morongo Unified School District, located in the Mojave Desert, includes new buses with air conditioning and three-point belts.
The $3.5 million investment enables the bus HVAC supplier to manufacture its own micro-channel aluminum heat exchangers — a core component in its products.
Ontario-based Transit Cooling Solutions will manage and support Spheros North America’s Canadian bus market interests.
Last week’s temperatures in the 90s had summer school administrators and parents concerned for students riding buses without air conditioning for long periods of time, particularly those with special needs.
As a regional sales manager for Spheros North America, Drew Goaley will also promote ACC Climate Control, which is now part of Spheros’ product portfolio.
Adolfo Salinas has more than 20 years of experience in the engineering design and application of mobile bus air conditioning.
Trans/Air’s new TA-20 Rooftop product line features rooftop units characterized by powerful cooling capacity as well as a distinctive aerodynamic design, according to the supplier.
The supplier unveils a new climate control system and stainless steel skirt mount condenser as well as a new rooftop unit product line.
Several alternative-fuel vehicles debuted during the show in Kansas City, Missouri, including two new CNG school buses and an all-electric bus. Also, safety-related products, such as a stop-arm violation data system and a student and vehicle tracking system, grabbed the spotlight.
The new facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will be overseen by Wayne Chandler, who has experience in managing air-conditioning installations on school buses.
The bus air-conditioning supplier names Rick Coffman regional sales engineer for the Southwestern U.S. and Bill Schroyer the Southeast regional sales manager.
The supplier is now offering a TM43 Transit Compressor and a TM43 Mount and Drive kit for IC Bus conventional school bus chassis with Cummins ISB engines.