Carrier Transicold’s Thin-Profile Vector 8400R Intermodal Unit Offers Improved Fuel Efficiency and Lifetime CARB Compliance


Providing significantly improved fuel efficiency and lifetime compliance with California’s latest emissions standards, Carrier Transicold has introduced its new thin-profile Vector™ 8400R refrigeration unit for domestic intermodal containers. Carrier Transicold is part of Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR), global leader in intelligent climate and energy solutions.

The new unit was unveiled at the Intermodal Association of North America’s Intermodal Expo. Like the model it succeeds, the Vector 8400R delivers highly efficient refrigeration and freezing performance in a space-saving design. Additionally, it boosts efficiency while also surpassing EPA Tier 4 requirements by cutting particulate emissions for lifetime compliance with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), without the need for future exhaust control systems.

“Carrier Transicold intermodal units play a vital role in helping California to ship agricultural products throughout North America, and lifetime CARB compliance helps our customers achieve maximum value for their investment,” said Bill Maddox, Senior Manager – Product Management, Carrier Transicold. “While innovating to achieve greater emissions performance, we also focused on optimizing fuel efficiency.”

Benefits of the Vector 8400R unit include:

  • Cargo Optimization – The Vector 8400R is about 40% thinner than a traditional intermodal refrigeration unit and maximizes usable container space for more efficient operations. Up to 7% more cargo can be carried than with traditional units – 15 pallet rows, rather than 14.
  • Up to 10% better fuel efficiency – The unit has an advanced new engine with common-rail fuel injection that optimizes fuel delivery for improved efficiency compared to the previous model.
  • Greater sustainability and regulatory compliance – In combination with the new engine, a diesel oxidation catalyst pushes particulate, hydrocarbon and NOx emissions to new lows without requiring complex exhaust gas recirculation systems found with competitive units. The unit uses CARB-compliant R-452A refrigerant, with about half the global warming potential of the refrigerant traditionally used in transport applications.
  • Higher refrigeration capacity – Carrier Transicold’s proven E‑Drive™ all-electric refrigeration technology delivers high refrigeration capacities, powerful air flow and fast pulldown. The unit’s refrigeration and freezing capacities remain constant when using its integrated plug-in electric standby capability, unlike competitive thin-profile intermodal refrigeration systems that can lose as much as 25% of their rated capacity when using standby power.
  • Easier to maintain – The diesel engine is direct-coupled to a high-output generator to produce power for the all-electric refrigeration system, eliminating many common serviceable components and making the unit easier to maintain. Intelligent controls automatically activate individual components, running only what the system needs, precisely when needed, so components can last longer than traditional counterparts.

Vector 8400R units are equipped with Carrier Transicold’s industry-leading Lynx® Fleet telematics solution for remote monitoring of temperatures, location, movement and unit operating performance (subscription required). To help maintain the charge of the battery supporting the unit and its telematics system, Carrier Transicold offers an optional 50-watt rail-optimized solar charging system designed for placement on the unit door, as intermodal containers are often double-stacked, limiting the application of rooftop mounted systems.

The fuel-efficient, CARB-compliant Vector 8400R can help fleets significantly reduce their environmental impact, supporting Carrier’s 2030 Environmental, Social and Governance Goal of reducing its customers’ carbon footprint by one gigaton.

For additional details on the Vector 8400R domestic intermodal refrigeration unit, turn to the experts in Carrier Transicold’s North America dealer network.

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 a 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 Carrier Transicold online at Follow Carrier on Twitter: @SmartColdChain, on Facebook at Carrier Transicold Truck/Trailer Americas and on LinkedIn at Carrier Transicold Truck Trailer Refrigeration.