July 2nd, 2006 - Open Knowledge
Jul. 2nd, 2006
11:54 pm - The NITE System
One of the hardest problems to solve for vehicle dwellers is maintaining temperature while parked. Most vehicles are designed to provide A/C and power while moving. The manufacturers don't expect that you will stay in the vehicle for a long time after you have stopped. Idling the car in order to power the A/C causes excessive wear on the car engine, wastes fuel, and causes noise/air pollution. Most RVers solve the problem by installing roof mounted air conditioners powered by an auxiliary generators. However, such gensets are often themselves noisy, heavy, and expensive.
Fortunately, long haul truckers face the same problems, and due to the fuel costs, and noise/pollution ordinances, there has been a strong incentive to find alternatives to truck idling. The NITE system is one of the most promising of those technologies.
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