Carrier introduces first single-temperature trailer hybrid refrigeration unit
Mar 19, 2009 4:26 PM
North America’s first single-temperature trailer refrigeration unit to use hybrid diesel-electric Deltek technology has been introduced by Carrier Transicold.
The Vector 6500, a high-performance unit designed for improved reliability and low cost of ownership, was shown at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky, on Thursday.
This next generation unit continues Carrier Transicold’s EcoDriven commitment to the refrigerated transport industry, and builds on the success of the company’s hybrid Vector 1800MT multi-temperature unit.
The Vector 6500 has a streamlined electric architecture that eliminates many of the serviceable mechanical components found in conventional systems, and substitutes expanded use of electronics and maintenance-free electrical components for reduced maintenance costs over its lifetime compared to conventional mechanical technologies.
Further, unlike a conventional system that runs all mechanically connected components via belts and pulleys whenever the engine runs, the Vector system only powers components needed at any given time, which can save fuel by reducing the engine load.
Carrier Transicold’s exclusive’s Deltek technology uses a diesel engine to do just one thing: drive a 23 kW electric generator. This rolling power plant generates enough current to run all system components.
Other features of the new single-temperature trailer hybrid refrigeration unit include:
- A clean-burning 2.2-liter direct-injection engine that surpasses the requirements of the EPA’s Tier 4-interim standard (Tier 4i).
- An option for electric standby, allowing the unit to be plugged into grid power when parked rather than running the diesel engine, helping to lower emissions, fuel consumption, noise, and operating costs.
- Uses one-third less refrigerant than a conventional system, and has a simplified cooling circuit to improve refrigerant containment.
- Impact-resistant DuraShell 2 body panels that open all the way to the top of the unit for easy access to interior components during service.
- Programmable Advance microprocessor control which provides the ability to configure up to 30 custom settings for different commodities through the IntelliSet option, and offers compatibility with major telematics providers for centralized monitoring and tracking of refrigerated cargos.
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