Carrier introduces single-temperature trailer unit with hybrid technology

April 1, 2009
Carrier Transicold has introduced the Vector 6500, North America's first single-temperature trailer refrigeration unit to use the company's exclusive

Carrier Transicold has introduced the Vector 6500, North America's first single-temperature trailer refrigeration unit to use the company's exclusive Deltek hybrid diesel-electric technology. Shown at the recent Mid-America Trucking Show, it is a high-performance unit designed for improved reliability and low cost of ownership.

“This next generation unit continues Carrier Transicold's EcoDriven commitment to the refrigerated transport industry, and builds on the success of the company's hybrid Vector 1800MT multi-temperature unit,” said David Kiefer, director of marketing and product management at Carrier Transicold. “Energy savings for this new unit will range from 40% to 70%, based on the fleet operation. Operations that could use electric standby would see the greatest benefit. Fleets running in colder climates also would benefit most.”

The Vector 6500, whose refrigeration capacity rivals the performance of Carrier's top-of-the-line X2 series trailer unit, is well-suited for today's 53-foot thin-wall trailers used in long-haul applications.

The new hybrid has a streamlined electric architecture that eliminates many of the serviceable mechanical components found in conventional systems, and substitutes expanded use of electronics and maintenance-free electrical components for reduced maintenance costs over its lifetime compared to conventional mechanical technologies.

Further, 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 Transicold's exclusive's Deltek technology uses a diesel engine to do just one thing: drive a 23 kW electric generator. This rolling power plant generates enough current to run all system components.

The independent electric-resistance heating elements provide precise temperature control, when heat is required.

Other features of the new single-temperature trailer hybrid refrigeration unit include:

  • A clean-burning 2.2-liter direct-injection engine that surpasses the requirements of the EPA's Tier 4-interim standard (Tier 4i).

  • An option for electric standby, allowing the unit to be plugged into grid power when parked rather than running the diesel engine, helping to lower emissions, fuel consumption, noise, and operating costs.

  • Uses one-third less refrigerant than a conventional system, and has a simplified cooling circuit to improve refrigerant containment.

  • Impact-resistant DuraShell 2 body panels that open all the way to the top of the unit for easy access to interior components during service.

  • Programmable Advance microprocessor control which provides the ability to configure up to 30 custom settings for different commodities through the IntelliSet option, and offers compatibility with major telematics providers for centralized monitoring and tracking of refrigerated cargos.

Special X2

Also unveiled was the X2 Special Edition — a custom configured model 2100A trailer refrigeration unit with a chrome grille and stainless accents, silver metal-flake paint job, and a “Special Edition” emblem.

The unit, part of Transicold's family of EcoDriven environmentally responsible solutions, comes with the company's Stealth 2 sound-reduction package, an LED light bar, and a control software bundle that can be used for fuel-efficiency performance optimization.

Also standard is a five-year extended warranty and preventive maintenance package.

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