26 May 2022
Commercial vehicle supplier, Dawsongroup truck and trailer has taken delivery of three Carrier Transicold Vector® eCool™ units, the world's first fully autonomous, all-electric engineless refrigerated trailer system.
An integrated energy recovery system converts the kinetic energy generated by the trailer axle and brakes into electrical power, which is then stored in a battery and powers the refrigeration unit – making what is claimed to be the industry's first fully autonomous system with no direct carbon dioxide or particle emissions.
John Fletcher, managing director, Dawson Group, said: "We've been working with Carrier for more than 25 years. They are peerless in the industry for quality, support and innovation – so we were excited to see the Vector eCool in action, and we weren't disappointed. 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."
The trailers can be plugged into the electrical grid when parked and fully charged within two hours using a standard five-pin, three-phase plug.
“Being able to introduce the Vector eCool together with Dawsongroup to its rental customers in this way represents a fantastic opportunity to showcase the future of refrigerated trailer technology available today,” said Scott Dargan, Managing Director, UK & Northern Europe, Carrier Transicold. “We’re excited to demonstrate how effective the system is at lowering fleet emissions for Dawsongroup’s customer base while proving how simply and effectively it can fit into standard operations without the concerns and constraints typically associated with engineless technologies.”