Carrier is further expanding its electrification capabilities through a new alliance with ConMet, adding wheel-based power generation that captures energy that otherwise would be wasted during braking events. The alliance will advance Carrier’s broader zero-emission transport refrigeration solutions, with the availability of electric options for trailer, truck, and light commercial vehicle customers before the end of 2022, helping address upcoming emissions regulations.
“Teaming with ConMet allows Carrier to deliver more sustainable solutions to its customers, helping companies green their fleets and supporting their Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) goals,” says Tim White, President, Refrigeration, Carrier. “By the end of this year, we will have electric options for customers in trailer, truck and light commercial vehicle refrigeration applications and new technologies such as this wheel hub power generation solution for trailers that can help further address environmental regulations.”
Carrier’s ability to reduce its customers’ carbon footprint by one gigaton as part of its 2030 ESG Goals is strengthened through this strategic alliance as well as offering customers low Global Warming Potential refrigerants worldwide. Carrier’s focus on ESG is fundamental to the company’s culture and business, the company says.
ConMet’s eMobility division has developed the PreSet Plus eHub system, an in-wheel electric motor application that repurposes energy from coasting and braking, providing electric solutions for medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicle markets. When paired with a Carrier Vector unit, this technology can deliver a zero-emissions transport refrigeration solution.
“We see this alliance as a great strategic fit; Carrier and its customers are in a position to best leverage this electric hub system application and add scale,” says John Waters, president, ConMet. “Our technology helps expedite the adoption of clean transport refrigeration solutions that will eliminate the need for diesel fuel engines.”
The alliance with ConMet builds on Carrier’s leadership in the electrification segment, Carrier adds. It was first to market with an autonomous electric trailer refrigeration system, when it launched the Vector eCool in Europe. Suitable for operation with the engineless versions of Carrier Transicold’s Vector models, the Vector eCool utilizes the company’s pioneering E-Drive all-electric technology to the fullest, the company adds.