Freightliner Trucks has announced an upgrade to its Cascadia model: a medical device power supply that’s designed to provide 8 to 10 hours of power for a typical CPAP device.
The optional medical device power supply includes 3 main components: an AGM [absorbent glass mat] battery securely mounted under the bunk and vented externally; a 12v dedicated, labeled power outlet mounted on the front of the bunk, and a charge control isolator. The battery is automatically recharged from either the alternator or from shore power if so equipped.
AGM is a fine fiber glass mat that offers the benefits of a gelled mat but can withstand more wear and tear. The battery’s design holds the electrolyte in suspension, fueling higher efficiency when discharging and recharging.
“Part of what makes the new Cascadia best-in-class is that we are continually making improvements that benefit our customers,” says Kary Schaefer, general manager, marketing and strategy, Daimler Trucks North America, in a release. “Much of that focuses on safety and fuel economy of course, but we’re also making our product more productive and functional for the drivers. Each new feature is an important part of ensuring that every new Cascadia is a smart investment.”