Thermo King's SLXi Local transport refrigeration unit (TRU) is designed to be up to 200 pounds lighter than comparable TRUs to increase payload capacity.
The SLXi Local is aimed at the growing demand for lighter, thinner, quieter refrigeration units and meets a broad spectrum of transport needs for single temperature distribution fleets.
“The Thermo King SLXi Local is ideal for urban distribution. Distributors can’t fill their trailer to capacity due to weight restrictions when transporting heavy cargo products like milk and water,” said Sara Cudemo, trailer product manager for Thermo King North America. “Thermo King North America brought European technology to the United States so fleets can efficiently deliver food in cities while overcoming unique challenges like physical space constraints that require tight turning capabilities and growing noise regulation trends.”
Additional features include:
- Lighter – The SLXi Local is the lightest refrigeration unit available in the North American over-the-road market. It is up to 200 pounds lighter than other refrigeration units so transporters can carry more cargo to increase payload opportunities.
- Thinner – The slim profile reduces the tractor-trailer gap by seven inches to decrease air drag and enhance tractor fuel efficiency. The slim profile adds flexibility to the tractor-trailer and lowers the risk of damaging the tractor or TRU when turning corners on tight city streets.
- Quieter – The Thermo King Whisper kit is standard on all SLXi Local units. It operates at three decibels lower than similar units to comply with growing trends in municipal noise restrictions.
The SLXi Local solution meets a variety of customer, environmental, legislative and food safety requirements. It is seven-year California Air Resources Board (CARB) compliant.
The TRU uses R452A refrigerant that reduces emissions impact by 45% compared to other refrigerants, according to Thermo King. R452A also requires 22% less refrigerant than competitors to efficiently cool cargo.
Like all Thermo King trailer products, telematics hardware is standard on the SLXi Local to reduce upfront installation and equipment costs, allowing customers can easily enable Thermo King ConnectedSuite telematics services at the flip of a switch.