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Government Funding for APUs? Go Ahead, Pinch Me!

January 17th 2020

Government Funding for APUs? Go Ahead, Pinch Me!,

Greg Munden is the owner of Munden Ventures Ltd., a 4th generation log harvesting, trucking and commercial vehicle maintenance operation based in Kamloops, British Columbia. As a Past Chairman of the British Columbia Trucking Association (BCTA) and current Secretary/Treasurer of the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA),Greg spends a good deal of his time working on industry issues.

The BC Provincial government recently announced funding for the trucking industry under the CleanBC program aimed at reducing fuel consumption and, ultimately, GHG emissions. While welcomed by the industry, many of the “approved” technologies and equipment were unusable by the vocational and specialized sectors of the market (things like boat tails, trailer side skirts, wide-based single tires, etc.). Until now!

The program just announced that Alternate Power Units (or APUs),as a result of industry lobbying, have been added to the list of approved technologies. This is the type of technology that can be useful to every sector of our industry, regardless of application. These may be some of the most popular add-ons that not only help the industry to reach GHG targets, but also help with what is often identified as the industry’s #1 issue – the driver shortage..

Types of APUs

The most commonly used APU is diesel-powered. APUs such as Carrier’s (a leading manufacturer of APUs) ComfortPro product are estimated to reduce engine idling by up to 2,000 hrs/year and save companies up to $5,000/year in fuel. Carrier’s data shows the average truck burns 1.15 gallons per hour, compared with only 0.15 gallons per hour with a modern diesel APU. Get up to $4,000 in rebates through this government funding initiative for the purchase and installation of a diesel APU.

Wanting to go even “greener”? Electric APUs are emerging in the market to provide a GHG-free solution. These systems work great, so long as your needs are restricted to running accessories and providing cab cooling. Need cab and engine heating? Simply add a small diesel-fired unit to take on that task only. Get up to $6,000 in rebates through this government funding initiative for the purchase and installation of an electric APU.

APU Benefits

From a GHG standpoint, APUs tick all of the boxes. These devices can virtually eliminate the need to idle a truck by providing the following features (depending on model):

·         Warm the engine and cab/sleeper when the truck engine is off

·         Cab air conditioning when the truck engine is off

·         Run accessories without depleting the truck batteries

·         Truck battery charging

·         Shore-power connectivity

Driver Retention and Attraction Benefits

In an industry that is working hard to attract and retain professional drivers, APUs can give your company a leg up in standing out. The use of an APU can help to ensure your drivers are kept comfortable in all weather conditions, without the annoyance (and fuel consumption) of operating the truck engine. Even better, your drivers will enjoy all the modern conveniences of home with the APU providing reliable power to things like in-sleeper refrigerators, microwaves and power outlets.

Maintenance and Downtime Benefits

Everyone knows that idling wreaks havoc with today’s truck environmental systems. Clogged DPF systems exacerbated from too much idling can create huge repair bills, cause lost revenue from downtime, and create service outages with your customers, not to mention creates a huge inconvenience for driver’s who have to contend with the engine derates and loss of hours and miles these emission-system failures cause.

Eliminating idle time can go a long way to lengthening the life of your truck emissions systems and can virtually provide payback if even a couple of emissions system break downs are avoided.

Accessing the Funding

Time is of the essence here. The British Columbia Trucking Association (BCTA) has been contracted to administer the funds, but they must be applied for by February 21, 2020. Funding of up to $10,000 per unit or $100,000 per fleet is available to operator’s who meet the qualifications. While it is not a complicated process, there are some very specific steps that need to be taken.

Munden Ventures can help! Let us walk you through the steps to securing your share of this great funding program – before it’s gone. As a Carrier ComfortPro dealer, we can supply and install a unit that qualifies for this funding and help you through the process. For more information, visit our page on the subject here, https://www.mundentrucking.ca/auxiliary-power-unit-rebate-program- .