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Carrier Transicold takes ‘next step’ with efficient, EPA-compliant technology

The next generation technology reduces engine power by 18 to 20 percent and enables 5 percent to 20 percent lower fuel consumption, compared to previous models, said Carrier Transicold’s David Kiefer, director of marketing and product management. (The Trucker:LYNDON FINNEY)

The Trucker Staff

3/21/2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — With an eye on upcoming EPA emissions rules and out-of-control fuel prices, Carrier Transicold is unveiling the next step in its trailer refrigeration products — offering greater performance and efficiency with the cleanest technology possible, said company spokesmen here Wednesday at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS).

The next generation technology reduces engine power by 18 to 20 percent and enables 5 percent to 20 percent lower fuel consumption, compared to previous models, said Carrier Transicold’s David Kiefer, director of marketing and product management.

These features apply to both of Carrier Transicold’s trailer refrigeration platforms, the Vecctor hybrid diesel-electric and the X2 series of belt-driven units, Kiefer said.

Compressor and generator design modifications to improve efficiency, performance and reliability also are expected to reduce the weight of the Vector hybrid units by more than 8 percent, while the X2 Series will need 24 percent less refrigerant, thus lowering Greenhouse Gas GHG emissions, noted Kiefer.

The technology includes a 2.2-liter diesel engine that is “intelligent,” by means of sensors and an electronic control module.

With a focus on “beyond efficiency” and “beyond fuel savings,” Kiefer said the technology improves cooling capacity for most applications, resulting in up to 20 percent faster “pulldown”; reliable operation in hotter ambient conditions; up to 20 percent reduction in GHG emissions, reduced fuel consumption; and improved durability and longer running.

The technology, particularly the engine emissions system that significantly reduces emissions, exceeds EPA Tier 4 compliance and requirements by the California Air Resources Board, Kiefer said.