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Carrier Says EcoForward Reefers Can Save up to 20% on Fuel

June 2012, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

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EcoForward technologies is the new name behind the ultra-efficient transport refrigeration units and generator sets designed by Carrier Transicold for compliance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency diesel-emissions standards, which change in 2013.


Transport refrigeration systems with EcoForward technologies will consume significantly less fuel, operate quieter and deliver improved performance, the company says.

Common to systems with EcoForward technologies are 2.2-liter diesel engines based on Carrier Transicold's established engine line and made smarter with the addition of sensors and electronic control modules. Performance gains from the application of EcoForward technologies mean engine power can be reduced by 18% to 20%, putting them within the scope of EPA's Tier 4 standard for non-highway engines rated at 11 to 25 horsepower.

For trailer refrigeration, the company says efficiency improvements result in a 5% to 20% percent reduction in fuel consumption compared to previous models, over a full range of operating conditions.

A new custom-designed engine emissions system adds emissions reduction and compliance with the California Air Resources Board ultra-low emissions standard.

EcoForward technologies are being applied to Carrier Transicold's trailer refrigeration platforms, both the belt-driven units and the Vector hybrid diesel-electric units, as well as the PowerLine generator sets used with container refrigeration systems for overland intermodal applications.

"These innovative technologies include a range of forward-thinking enhancements that will boost performance and efficiency and intelligently coordinate refrigeration with a smarter engine," says David Appel, president. "The efficiency gains allow us to significantly reduce engine power, enabling better fuel economy to help our North American refrigerated transport customers move their own businesses forward in more sustainable ways."

Units featuring the EcoForward technologies will be available in limited quantities by the end of the year and fully available in 2013. For more information, go to www.carrier.com/ecoforward.

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