Carrier’s new Vector 8600MT hybrid

The new Vector 8600MT hybrid unit from Carrier Transicold is said to advance multi-temperature trailer refrigeration with new smart remote evaporators that improve operational efficiencies and reliability, and enable easier, more flexible installation.

The Vector 8600MT is the first commercially available multi-temperature trailer refrigeration unit that meets the 2013 EPA Tier 4 standard.

It promises to help customers in reducing fuel consumption and maintenance costs, environmental compliance, quiet operation, lower total cost of ownership, and trailer configuration flexibility, the maker says.

It’s the third-generation Vector multi-temperature refrigeration system for North America, and shares key attributes of its recently introduced single-temperature sibling, the Vector 8500 unit. Both are claimed to provide significantly reduced weight and greater refrigeration capacity.

The new Vector models are also the first North American trailer units to use a fully hermetic electric scroll compressor. Proven efficient and reliable in Carrier Transicold refrigerated marine container systems, the company says, the scroll compressor has 70% fewer moving parts and is 200 lb lighter than a traditional reciprocating compressor. The host unit sports a 10% weight reduction overall compared to its predecessor.

With the Vector 8600MT, one or two remote evaporators can be added to the host system, enabling a total of up to three refrigerated compartments within a single trailer, each maintained at a different temperature set point.

The Vector 8600MT unit’s smart remote evaporators automatically adjust themselves to varying conditions to ensure optimized cooling capacities and more efficient fuel use, unlike systems — including earlier Carrier models — with mechanical expansion valves that require more setup, a high level of technician expertise, and additional adjustments when reconfiguring trailer compartments.

The Vector platform’s signature E-Drive all-electric refrigeration technology means refrigeration and heating operations are 100% electric, powered over the road by an onboard generator driven by the unit’s diesel engine. Electric standby capability is built in, allowing haulers to tap into electric power supplies to run the system when parked, providing quiet, emissions-free refrigeration performance that can reduce operating costs by up to 70% compared to diesel operations, while conserving fuel for the highway.

As with other 2013 Carrier Transicold truck and trailer refrigeration units, the Vector 8600MT unit incorporates performance-boosting ecoForward technologies.

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