Diesel, hybrid and zero-emission, all-electric units to suit all transport refrigeration applications and UK premiere of the new SLXi trailer range were the highlights of the Thermo King and FRIGOBLOCK stand at the recent CV Show in Birmingham.
Transportation solution businesses Thermo King and FRIGOBLOCK of Ingersoll Rand showcased real transport refrigeration solutions ready for today and tomorrow including hybrid and zero-emission, all-electric units.
“At the CV Show we wanted to demonstrate our leadership and discuss how we, through our extensive, existing and available solutions portfolio, can already today help our customers to meet the real-world operational, environmental and emissions demands the transport refrigeration market is facing,” said Donal Cox, regional director UK and Ireland at Thermo King and FRIGOBLOCK.
Thermo King and FRIGOBLOCK are in a unique position to demonstrate an existing, full portfolio of diesel, hybrid and zero-emission, all-electric solutions to suit all transport refrigeration applications from truck, trailer to home delivery vans.
This full portfolio of transport refrigeration solutions meets the expectations and answers today’s demands in areas of sustainability, intelligence and connectivity – ultimately improving customer’s environmental footprint while simultaneously decreasing their total cost of ownership.
The CV Show 2017 was the UK premiere of the new Thermo King SLXi (pictured) platform of single- and multi-temperature trailer refrigeration units and the new Hybrid Drive Trailer concept leveraging FRIGOBLOCK inverter technology.
Thermo King also introduced its new all-electric, zero-emission B-100 30 refrigeration unit for small trucks and vans enhancing its non-diesel B-Series of efficient and environmentally friendly units.
The new Thermo King SLXi platform of single- and multi-temperature trailer refrigeration units delivers up to 20% fuel savings and telematics as standard. The units were developed with an expanded focus on the unit’s intelligence, communication capabilities, fuel consumption and temperature management by collaborating with hundreds of customers and dealers to collect operational data from thousands of units operating throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa.
SXLi range includes tailorable operational parameters to meet customer needs, their application and ambient conditions. The customised profile conditions create optimised performance and fuel savings of 10 to 20 percent, compared with the predecessor.
The SLXi is the industry’s first fully telematics-enabled refrigerated trailer unit, delivering full visibility of the unit and load condition with Thermo King’s new TK BlueBox communication device and Bluetooth as standard.
The TK BlueBox collects and stores unit data, which can be accessed through a free app on smart phone or Bluetooth-enabled device. This provides two-way communication that enables real-time unit management and access to critical data. Users can manage defrost, pre-trip, set point and additional operating mode settings remotely, without a contract or subscription.
Hybrid Drive Trailer
CV Show 2017 was also the UK premiere of the new Hybrid Drive Trailer concept that combines the proven expertise and technologies from both Thermo King and FRIGOBLOCK and will become part of the SLXi refrigerated trailer platform. The Hybrid Drive Trailer concept offers additional fuel and operational savings, as well as low emission and noise levels enabling transport companies access to inner city areas and restricted zones.
The Thermo King Hybrid Drive allows a refrigerated semi-trailer, attached to a tractor with a FRIGOBLOCK Enviro Drive inverter filter, to run electrically. This enables the trailer refrigeration unit to be powered as a hybrid drive, by either the electric alternator or through its own independent diesel engine.
Standard TK BlueBox telematics system stores the data and provides ability for two-way communication to ensure that the load is protected at all times and the geo-location feature will automatically switch the power between diesel and truck Enviro Drive as required or necessary.
Non-diesel, vehicle-powered refrigeration unit
Launched only in March 2017, the new non-diesel, vehicle-powered refrigeration B-100 30 unit features an added electric heating option within the same compact dimensions and provides top performance to the “last mile” delivery applications.
The new B-100 30 and the entire all-electric B-Series units are a perfect fit for customers looking for high performance refrigeration units for their “last mile” applications such as home deliveries or the transport of pharmaceutical products. Having no diesel engine, the units gives transporters the flexibility of inner-city, low-emission zones operations and contributes to the low total cost of ownership.
The B-Series range of zero-emission electric units are powered directly from the vehicle battery. They are compatible with vehicles equipped with original air-conditioning system requiring no drive kit or vehicle modification while the thin ceiling mounted evaporator contributes to increased payload space. The new B-100 30 unit adds electric heating option to the current range providing constant electrical cooling and heating capacities. Heating capacity is independent from vehicle engine and ambient temperature.