Wabash National, in combination with technologies from eNow and Carrier Transicold, now offers zero-emission composite refrigerated trailers.
First shown at the American Trucking Associations’ Technology and Maintenance Council meeting in February, the Wabash MSC refrigerated trailer with solar-electric transport refrigeration unit (TRU) is now commercially available to fleets.
“We haven’t seen high demand for zero-emission trailers for refrigerated hauls due to the location and size of batteries,” explained Robert Lane, Wabash National’s vice president of product innovations. “This is the first time a major trailer innovation has been coupled with a major TRU innovation that results in breakthrough customer value in a sustainable format.”
The use of molded structural composite (MSC) technology, which provides a gain in thermal efficiencies, allows fleets to either downsize the batteries required to haul cargo or increase the run time on a battery setup, according to Lane.
The Wabash National MSC Refrigerated Trailer is the most thermally efficient, lightest and most durable reefer on the road. The company’s proprietary MSC technology sets new standards in efficiency with significant thermal performance, maximized payload capacity, corrosion resistance and the industry’s highest standard floor rating. With Wabash National, eNow and Carrier Transicold, customers get a zero-emission refrigerated transportation solution that is more energy efficient and has a lower operating cost.
The eNow Rayfrigeration System, a solar-electric power system that enables a full 12-hour route duration without the need of a diesel engine, powers the TRU and can reduce operating costs by more than 50%. The Carrier Transicold engineless Vector 8100 unit, which is an all-electric trailer refrigeration system, offers reduced maintenance and noise, as well as a reduction in emissions and fuel consumption.
“We are excited about our partnership with Wabash,” said eNow President Jeff Flath. “Our combined technologies should have a major impact in reducing operating cost.”