Wabash National harnesses solar power for reefer

by Today's Trucking

Wabash National is combining technologies from eNow solar power and Carrier Transicold’s all-electric reefer to create a zero-emission trailer.

The model, unveiled in February during a meeting of the American Trucking Associations’ Technology and Maintenance Council, is now commercially available.

solar-powered reefer
Wabash National, is harnessing eNow solar power and Carrier Transicold all-electric refrigeration technologies. (Photo: Wabash National)

Wabash says its Molded Structural Composite (MSC) technology offers a unique platform for electric-powered trailer refrigeration units (TRUs). The added thermal efficiency makes it possible to downsize the batteries that would otherwise be required.

The eNow Rayfrigeratoin System will support a 12-hour trip without requiring a diesel engine to power the TRU. That, the company says, can cut operating costs by more than 50% compared to diesel reefers.

Carrier Transicold’s engineless Vector 8100 unit, meanwhile, promises reduced maintenance and noise while also eliminating emissions and fuel consumption linked to traditional diesel-powered TRUs.

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