ATHENS, Ga. — With the high cost of fuel, Carrier Transicold is encouraging reefer fleets to take advantage of its Deltek hybrid technology to substantially slash their fuel costs.
The company’s hybrid Vector 1800MT trailer refrigeration unit features an electric standby option, which reduces energy costs by more than 60% during loading and unloading, the company says. The unit features Carrier’s Deltek hybrid diesel-electric technology, allowing the user to plug the reefer into a power source when parked.
“At current prices for diesel fuel and commercial electric power, the cost of operating on electric standby is now about one-third the cost of running on diesel,” explained David Kiefer, product manager, trailer products. “That’s a sharp change from when we introduced the Vector two years ago. The average price of diesel has increased 47% while the price of electricity has gone up about 10%.”
Naturally, there are environmental benefits as well, as the TRU’s engine does not emit exhaust while running in electric standby mode.
When comparing today’s cost of diesel to the cost of electricity, Carrier Transicold says fleets can save about 67% when operating on electric standby. Based on the most recent figures available from the US Department of Energy, it costs about US$4.46 per hour to operate the reefer on diesel fuel while it costs just US$1.47 per hour to run the TRU on electricity.
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