Low-cost hybrid reefer unit

May 1, 2009
Carrier Transicold debuted its Vector 6500 hybrid refrigeration unit for single-temperature trailers at MATS. The reefer unit is powered by Carrier's exclusive hybrid diesel-electric Deltek technology. With its all-electric architecture, the Vector 6500 is a high-performance unit designed for both exceptional reliability and low cost of ownership, said David Kiefer, director of marketing and product

Carrier Transicold debuted its Vector 6500 hybrid refrigeration unit for single-temperature trailers at MATS. The reefer unit is powered by Carrier's exclusive hybrid diesel-electric Deltek technology. “With its all-electric architecture, the Vector 6500 is a high-performance unit designed for both exceptional reliability and low cost of ownership,” said David Kiefer, director of marketing and product management. He said the next-generation unit “builds on the success of our hybrid Vector 1800MT multi-temperature unit.”

Kiefer said the Vector 6500's refrigeration capacity rivals the performance of the top-of-the-line trailer unit from Carrier's X2 series, which it closely resembles on the exterior. However, he said, the units are very different on the inside. “The Vector 6500's streamlined electric architecture eliminates many of the serviceable mechanical components found in conventional systems, and substitutes expanded use of electronics and maintenance-free electrical components. The result is a unit that can reduce maintenance costs over its lifetime, compared to conventional mechanical technologies.”

More importantly, according to Kiefer, unlike a conventional system that runs all mechanically connected components via belts and pulleys whenever the engine runs, the Vector system only powers components needed at any given time, which can save fuel by reducing the engine load.

Carrier's Deltek technology uses a diesel engine to drive a 23 kW electric generator. This powerplant generates enough current to run all system components such as fans and the 6-cyl. 06D semi-hermetic compressor with its electric motor sealed inside, noted Keifer. In addition, he said the independent electric-resistance heating elements provide precise temperature control when heat is required. www.trucktrailer.carrier.com

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