Carrier Transicold Announces Innovative Solution Compatible with New Refrigerant and B100 Biofuel


Carrier Transicold has unveiled at the Solutrans tradeshow a new version of its Vector® HE 19 unit, designed to reduce the carbon output of its flagship temperature-controlled trailer system. An initial prototype is undergoing in-depth testing with Fraikin and Martin Brower, two existing customers. Carrier Transicold is part of Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR), global leader in intelligent climate and energy solutions.

Underlining Carrier Transicold’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, this new version of the Vector® HE 19 can run on a new refrigerant with a lower global warming potential (GWP), to significantly reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions without compromising performance. The system is also compatible with B100 biofuel. Customers will be able to use the new low-GWP refrigerant and the B100 fuel in combination or separately. The new lower GWP refrigerant can deliver an 88% CO2 savings over the standard R452A refrigerant. With refrigerant accounting for around 15% of a conventional refrigeration unit’s total CO2 emissions, this represents a significant reduction. 

The B100 biofuel, typically derived from recycled vegetable oils, animal fats or cooking oils, alone reduces the carbon emissions of the newly modified Vector® HE 19 by between 60% and 91%, depending on the type of B100 used, compared with a standard diesel unit. Combined with the low-GWP refrigerant, the system can deliver a total minimum reduction of 73% in CO2 emissions over a year of use. 

"Sustainability and environmental responsibility are at the center of Carrier Transicold’s projects, which is why we are delighted to unveil these innovative advances," said Victor Calvo, Vice President & General Manager, Truck Trailer International, Carrier Transicold. "Created to meet the needs and ambitions of our customers, starting with our long-standing customers Fraikin and Martin Brower, this innovation is yet another asset to help every transport provider achieve their decarbonization goals."

This solution will be on display for the duration of the Solutrans show, from Nov. 21 to 25, outside the EUREXPO exhibition center in Lyon. Winner of the special "Joseph Libner" prize at the Solutrans Innovation Awards for innovations with an environmental dimension, this solution is designed to improve customers’ sustainability and carbon emission reductions while maintaining refrigeration quality.

"Fraikin has always been committed to offering its customers innovative solutions in order to better respond to market developments,” said Olivier Renard, CEO of Fraikin France, Europe's leading operational leasing company for industrial and commercial vehicles. "Working with Carrier Transicold allows us to grow, adapt to the market and stay at the forefront of innovation by meeting the demands of complex projects and offering innovative solutions for our customers."

"Carrier Transicold has proven that it can always work with us to address new challenges," said Pascal Gloaguen, Managing Director of Martin Brower France, a world leader in supply chain solutions. "This collaboration is an essential step in continuing our commitment to sustainable development, in line with our sustainability goals, and in building a more responsible future.”

As with all Carrier Transicold Vector® HE 19 units, the system combines the company’s all-electric E-Drive technology with a refined, multi-speed engine.  

The innovative design of Carrier Transicold’s Vector® HE 19 also delivers optimized airflow management to maximize performance. The system harnesses the Coanda effect – which helps cool air ‘stick’ to the roof of the trailer – to ensure consistent temperature control throughout, helping to maintain the integrity of the cold chain. With the unit also being PIEK-compliant, the system delivers the ultimate solution to tightening urban emissions and noise regulations. 

 Initially planned for the French market, production of the new Carrier Transicold Vector® HE 19 unit is expected to start in 2024 and will be available in both mono- and multi-temperature configurations.

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About Carrier Transicold  Carrier Transicold helps improve transport and shipping of temperature-controlled cargoes with a complete line of equipment and services for refrigerated transport and cold chain visibility. For more than 50 years, Carrier Transicold has been an industry leader, providing customers around the world with advanced, energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable container refrigeration systems and generator sets, direct-drive and diesel truck units and trailer refrigeration systems. 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 more information, visit Follow Carrier on Twitter: @SmartColdChain and on LinkedIn at Carrier Transicold Truck Trailer Refrigeration


The European leader, with almost 80 years' experience, more than €965 million in sales by 2022, 60,000 vehicles on the road in 10 countries and more than 3,000 employees, the Group offers competitive, safe and high value-added solutions for all commercial and industrial vehicle fleets. A pioneer in intelligent outsourcing and fleet management services, and the leader in operational leasing of commercial and industrial vehicles, FRAIKIN is constantly innovating and adapting to help its 11,200 European customers meet their customers' expectations. For more information, visit or follow FRAIKIN France on LinkedIn.

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