Isuzu announced the availability of an all-electric refrigeration unit that eliminates the need for a diesel motor to run the compressor on refrigerated trucks.

The AuraGen generator driven by the truck's engine provides the power required to operate the refrigeration unit. An optional battery back-up system allows the refrigeration system to keep running when the truck's engine is not operating. As soon as the vehicle engine is turned on, the AuraGen automatically recharges the battery pack.
According to Global Refrigeration Systems, manufacturer of the unit, fleets can save approximately $4,000 per truck annually in fuel and maintenance costs based on 2,000 hours of operation. In addition, the system is environmentally friendly because no emissions are released to the atmosphere. Using the optional battery-pack, this system provides additional cost savings and reduced emissions by not requiring the truck engine to idle while unloading deliveries.
The refrigeration unit weighs 465 pounds and produces an airflow of 1,700 cu. ft./min. The AuraGen produces 5 KW to 8.5 KW of power and weighs 112 pounds. In-cab controls permit temperature selection and monitoring of the system.
"This is a revolutionary breakthrough enabling the refrigerated transportation industry to switch from traditional diesel to an all-electric system," said Todd Bloom, vice president, fleet operations and marketing, Isuzu Commercial Truck of America. "Fleets can reduce their costs dramatically and help our environment at the same time."
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