VBG Group acquires the bus HVAC provider from Ratos.
According to PERC's Michael Taylor, propane does not require additional fluids, engine block heaters or preventive measures to be taken even on the coldest days of winter. Propane buses crank reliably, warm up quickly and provide consistent heat throughout the passenger compartment, he says.
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.
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.
The GR-7 baseboard convection heater is engineered to provide more even heat distribution versus floor heaters with blowers that can have hot and cold spots, company officials said.
Espar Heater Systems receives the Daimler 2013 Masters of Quality award and the GM 2014 Supplier Quality Excellence award in recognition of its quality excellence, on-time delivery, added value and customer service.
The company’s E-Guardian 5 engine pre-heater is available on the Type A school bus manufacturer’s buses immediately. The E-Guardian 5 is EPA verified and California Air Resources Board approved, and officials say some of the benefits of the system include a warm engine start without plug-ins, reduced engine idling for fuel savings, less engine maintenance and use of the Multi-Max Digital Controller for ease of use.
New offerings that were on view and introduced during the show in Grand Rapids, Mich., include an all-electric school bus, a wheelchair retractor tie-down system, heater kits, LED lights and fleet management solutions.
Espar Climate Control Systems is named a recipient of the General Motors Supplier Quality Excellence Award. Espar manufactures fuel-operated heaters and other products for a variety of mobile applications, including school buses.
Company officials say that the SmarTemp Control fx Timer, which was on display at the National Association for Pupil Transportation trade show, is easy to program for repeat heating duration times. It allows up to four different timer settings per day.
The E-Guardian PLUS Series heater kits include new features that improve heater efficiency and performance. The series package also includes Espar’s Multi-Max controller with a set of PC-programmable features, allowing management to select holiday and vacation days as much as one year in advance, and ambient temperature sensing to prevent heaters from running in warmer mornings.
TRP’s line of HVAC replacement parts includes condensers, compressors, heater cores, receiver dryers, blower motors and air compressor clutches. They are available for all makes of buses and trucks.