#MATS: Carrier Transicold’s reefer engines puff less, produce more

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Carrier Transicold announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show that its trailer refrigeration units have been re-tuned to be 5-20% more fuel efficient, reducing emissions and providing savings to end-users.

The company’s next generation trailer refrigeration technology consumes less fuel, runs quieter, and provides better cooling performance than existing units, the company claims.

“A major milestone in our continuous product development, this next generation trailer technology boosts performance and efficiency and intelligently coordinates refrigeration with a ‘smarter’ engine,” said David Appel, president of Carrier Transicold. “The efficiency gains allow us to significantly reduce engine power, enabling better fuel economy.”

Officials said the new technology reduces engine power requirements by 18-20%, providing a fuel savings of 5-20%, depending on application. The new technology will be deployed on Carrier Transicold’s Vector hybrid diesel-electric system as well as its X2 series of belt-driven units.

David Kiefer, director of marketing and product management, said at the Mid-America Trucking Show that the new units are “our most efficient units ever.” He said customers will notice quicker temperature pull-downs (to the tune of 20%) and will also see faster temperature recoveries after door openings.

Carrier Transicold will continue to use Kubota’s 2.2-litre diesel engine, but it will require less horsepower, resulting in fuel savings. Kiefer said the new reefers will also provide improved reliability and longevity since the engine won’t be worked as hard as it is today. He also said the new refrigeration units are EPA and CARB compliant.

The new technology will be available in limited quantities at the end of this year, with full production to commence in early 2013, the company announced.

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