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Engineless refrigeration order is Carrier’s largest

UK: After successful trials, transport refrigeration company Petit Forestier has supplied 123 new rigid trucks with Carrier Transicold’s engineless refrigeration technology to a major logistics customer.

The order for its Syberia MT systems is the largest to-date received by Carrier Transicold in the UK.

The mix of 15, 18 and 26-tonne DAF trucks will make food and beverage deliveries to well-known high street coffee shops and a national chain of hotels. The vehicles feature specialist bodywork from Solomon Commercials, with chilled and frozen compartments that incorporate a moving interior spine to allow both cages and pallets to be transported. 

As the Syberia unit is mounted above the cab and has no need for a separate fuel tank, space is freed on the chassis to store and carry waste intended for recycling.

“We’ve worked closely with Carrier and our customer to ensure every aspect of the build helps them improve the sustainability of the fleet,” said Petit Forestier MD Helder Ribeiro. 

“Having performed impeccably on two trial vehicles, Carrier’s engineless technology plays an integral role in this process. With no need to run an auxiliary diesel engine, we can deliver a significant cut in emissions, without sacrificing performance,” he added.

The Syberia system runs on power derived directly from the truck’s Euro VI diesel engine, thanks to Carrier Transicold’s Eco-Drive power module. The system uses a hydraulic pump connected to the truck engine’s power take-off, driving a generator capable of delivering electrical power to the unit that can provide 100% refrigeration capacity, even at standard idle speed. 

Each Eco-Drive unit is fully integrated into the Syberia system above the cab, leaving more space on the chassis to house the truck’s recycling lockers. The Syberia system also boasts rapid temperature pull-down capability and operates at a PIEK-compliant level below 60dB(A).

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