Commercial vehicle supplier Dawsongroup has taken delivery of three all-electric automated refrigerated trailer systems to provide its customers with further cost-effective and efficient reefers.
The Carrier Transicold Vector eCool systems will operate with the engineless HE 19 multi-temperature (MT) and 1550 models, on 13.6-metre trailers, with an additional HE 19 MT mounted on a smaller double-axle urban trailer, all built by Gray & Adams.
They join Dawsongroup’s temperature-controlled rental fleet of almost 2,000 trucks and trailers, nine in 10 of which are cooled by Carrier refrigeration systems.
The Vector eCool unit combines Carrier’s E-Drive all-electric technology with a new energy recovery and storage system.
This converts kinetic energy generated by the trailer axle and brakes into electric power, which is stored in a battery pack that powers the refrigeration unit – a loop that creates a fully autonomous system, producing no direct carbon dioxide or particulate emissions.
The trailers can be plugged in to the electrical grid when parked and fully charged in two hours using a standard five pin, three-phase standby plug.
The system is also ultra-low noise, operating below the PIEK standard.
John Fletcher, Managing Director at Dawsongroup, said: “We’ve been working with Carrier for more than 25 years.
“Now, we want to showcase these trailers to customers so that they can see for themselves how the technology can deliver a cost-effective alternative to diesel power that ticks all the right boxes from an environmental perspective.”