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CoolTech ‘power truck’ demo leads to new orders, production boost

May 15, 2018

 

Cool Technologies is on track for orders worth “more than $20 million” after demonstrating its mobile generator-equipped truck systems to Mexican authorities.

 

Mexican government officials, including representatives of the country’s banking and farming sectors, were at the demonstration in Colorado to see the Ford F-350— retrofitted with the Florida-based company’s mobile generation systems— in action. 

 

Company chairman and CEO Timothy Hassett said the demonstration would “lead directly” to the $20m in orders and allow the truck to enter production.

 

“In strong contrast to standard heavy, unwieldy tow-behind generators, the CoolTech truck is a lightweight system that uses a truck’s own engine to power the generator. Anywhere you can drive a truck, you can have power.”

 

In the case of farmers, if the local power grid is damaged by hurricanes or other extreme weather events, “they can still water, harvest, and process their crops, as well as help keep the lights on in their farmhouses”, the company quoted one farming official as saying.

 

The demonstration showed how an operator is able to control the generator from the comfort and safety of the truck’s cab using a Panasonic Toughpad. The company said it also demonstrated using the electricity from the truck to power a screw compressor, an industrial fan and an industrial load bank. 

 

Extra capabilities can include water purification systems and linking the truck to batteries and solar power “to make operations more sustainable and environmentally friendly”, Cool Technologies said.

 

The company said it already had an order worth more than $1m from for 10 of its trucks before the demonstration. The successful demonstration will now allow the truck to go into production, fulfilling purchase commitments that have already been signed for 259 trucks. 

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