In 2020, Carrier Transicold reaffirmed its commitment to reducing emissions, improving sustainability and increasing efficiency across the refrigerated transport sector with the launch of its first fully autonomous, all-electric engineless refrigerated trailer system, the Vector eCool.
The Vector eCool – according to Victor Calvo, President of Carrier Transicold International Truck & Trailer – represents a completely new approach to trailer refrigeration, one that will help customers future-proof their fleets in line with ever-tightening emissions regulations.
“The key to the Vector eCool is that it uses our existing ultra-efficient Vector refrigeration units, meaning you will get the same level of performance and reliability, just with no diesel engine and no emissions,” he said. “We have developed a new cutting-edge energy recovery and storage system which converts kinetic energy generated by the trailer’s axle and brakes into electricity, storing it in a battery pack that powers the refrigeration unit. This loop creates a fully autonomous system capable of meeting the refrigeration demands of any customer application, with the added bonus of no direct carbon dioxide or particulate emissions.
“Being fully-electric, there are no noxious gas, particulate matter or carbon dioxide emissions created by the eCool system,” said Calvo. “It has been designed to help our customers operate in urban environments, allowing them to meet all current emissions regulations across Europe. Without an engine, the system is also extremely quiet, operating below 60 decibels and therefore being PIEK compliant. We truly believe it to be the ultimate urban trailer solution, offering businesses a way to exceed their own sustainability targets, as well as those set by local governments.”
Carrier Transicold offers sustainable, electric options from small LCV to heavy trucks and trailers.
Developments in electrical refrigeration solutions continue following the recent introduction of a new ECO-DRIVE behind the cabin hydroelectric power module, the introduction of a wide range of battery packs and the innovative inverter power box.
Meanwhile modern refrigerated transport operators are turning to a more data-driven approach with their cold chain solutions and in the years to come Calvo expects big data will reshape this industry.
“Connectivity within the cold chain is essential to help our customers make faster, data-driven decisions that will deliver a healthier, safer, and more sustainable cold chain,” he said. “Strong data capabilities will be more and more necessary and will considerably help our customers and all of us optimising the cold chain. Lynx Fleet, our new telematic offer, is the answer and will be able to provide essential capabilities, such as remotely controlling the refrigeration unit and preventing breakdowns.”
With more than 600 locations throughout EMEA, Carrier Transicold provides customers with the regions’ largest refrigerated truck and trailer service network. It also provides flexible and tailored service contracts through its BluEdge service contract offer bolstered by telematics via Lynx Fleet.
There is more to follow as Carrier unveils its latest innovations at the Solutrans trade fair in France, Eurexpo Lyon, Stand 4A122 from 16-20 November 2021.
Carrier Transicold has partnered with Bosch, LAMBERET and STEF to explore the future of transport refrigeration systems with the FresH2 project, a refrigerated transport solution for semi-trailers whose refrigeration unit, the Vector HE 19, is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. The test vehicle commenced the road test phase in France on 6 September 2021. The system will be tested in real-life conditions at the STEF Chambéry site as part of a food distribution round.