Transports Tarot has fitted three of its truck trailer combinations powered by B100 biodiesel with Carrier Transicold's ECO-DRIVE technology. Coupled with Vector® HE 19 refrigeration units, the solution provides an electric refrigeration system that does not produce any direct carbon dioxide (CO2) engine emissions. Carrier Transicold is part of Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR), global leader in intelligent climate and energy solutions.
"We are sensitive to the issue of CO2 emissions. That's why we opted for B100 as a means to gradually decarbonize our fleet of vehicles,” said Loïc Tarot, Managing Director, Transports Tarot. “Temperature-controlled transport accounts for 70% of our business, so we also wanted to take things a step further by introducing a more environmentally responsible solution for our refrigeration units. For us, using ECO-DRIVE technology makes perfect sense."
The combination of Carrier Transicold's ECO-DRIVE hydroelectric technology and the Vector HE 19 refrigeration unit for semi-trailers eliminates the need to use the unit's internal combustion engine. Using a hydraulic pump connected to the truck's power take-off system, it recovers the kinetic energy produced by the engine, which is decarbonized thanks to the use of B100 biodiesel, and converts it into electricity to power the refrigeration unit. The ECO-DRIVE module maintains constant power throughout deliveries, even when the truck's engine is idling.
The refrigeration unit emits no direct emissions of CO2 from the engine, and the unit's noise level is reduced by 9 dB, compared to when its combustion engine is used.
"We load the merchandise and deliver to our customers on the same day. Thanks to Carrier's technology, the refrigeration unit operates in electric mode throughout, while maintaining a high cooling capacity," said Tarot.
As part of its energy transition, and in order to comply with the requirements of a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) that will be created in the area of Le Mans in 2025, Transports Tarot has launched a multi-year plan to gradually replace 80% of its fleet with new trucks that run exclusively on, or are compatible with, B100 biodiesel.
Founded in 1968, Transports Tarot is a family-owned business, and a regionally acknowledged player in the haulage sector. It has a fleet of 65 vehicles, including 50 refrigerated semi-trailers, which supply fresh produce to the north and east of France, the Rhône-Alpes region and the Paris area.
ECO-DRIVE technology and the Vector HE 19 are sustainable cold chain solutions that will help achieve Carrier’s 2030 Environmental, Social and Governance goal of reducing its customers’ carbon footprint by one gigaton.
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About Carrier Transicold
Carrier Transicold helps improve transport and shipping of temperature-controlled freight with a complete range of equipment and services for refrigerated transport and cold chain visibility. For more than 50 years, Carrier Transicold has been an industry leader, providing its customers around the world with environmentally friendly, efficient container refrigeration units and power generators, as well as light vehicle, straight truck and semi-trailer refrigeration units. Carrier Transicold is part of Carrier Global Corporation, global leader in intelligent climate and energy solutions that matter for people and our planet for generations to come. For further information, please visit https://www.carrier.com/truck-trailer/en/eu. Follow Carrier on Twitter: @SmartColdChain and on LinkedIn at Carrier Transicold Truck Trailer Refrigeration