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New all-electric refrigerated trailer demonstrator takes to UK roads

Carrier Transicold and Gray & Adams have entered into a special collaboration, delivering the new Vector eCool system to UK Roads.

The demonstrator programme will showcase the abilities of the innovative electric technology and its sustainable advantages to Gray & Adams’ and Carrier Transicold’s customers.

The UK’s first Vector eCool – which claims to be the industry’s only fully autonomous, all-electric refrigerated trailer system – has been fitted to a new Gray & Adams 13.6-metre demonstrator trailer that is now on the road and showcasing the technology to Carrier Transicold customers.

Utilising a new energy recovery and storage system, the Vector eCool converts kinetic energy generated by the trailer axle and brakes into electricity, which is then stored in a battery pack powering the refrigeration unit. This loop creates a fully autonomous system that produces no direct carbon dioxide or particulate emissions.

“The Vector eCool reaffirms our commitment to reducing emissions, improving sustainability and increasing efficiency across the refrigerated transport sector,” said Scott Dargan, managing director UK and Northern Europe, Carrier Transicold.

“This exciting new technology represents a giant step forward for trailer refrigeration, and we are delighted to be working together with Gray & Adams on the roll-out here in the UK.”

“We have a special relationship with Carrier; working so closely with them to bring the Vector eCool to the UK has been really exciting,” said Peter Gray, Joint-MD of Gray & Adams.

“Our design teams have seamlessly integrated the axle, braking and battery systems that make up the eCool into a trailer that has the potential to completely change the face of refrigerated transport.”