In what could be a sign of things to come for the reefer container industry, Thermo King has launched its own Li-ion battery for refrigerated delivery trucks.
The new lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery is designed specifically for Thermo King’s E-200 fully-electric refrigeration units and is available in 1.8kWh and 3.6KWh versions.
“Combined with the E-200 units, the battery pack creates a zero emissions transport refrigeration solution that ensures an unbroken cold chain even while the driver stops for delivery, break or needs to turn off the vehicle for longer,” Thermo King said.
“Electrification is a trend that’s set to continue with the refinement of units that don’t use a diesel engine to drive the compressor, and instead use a battery-based system,” said Eneko Fernandez, product management leader at Thermo King. At Thermo King, we want to challenge what is possible in our industry, and today we are taking a step forward. We developed our own Li-ion battery pack to fully integrate it with the unit’s system and allow our customers to maximise the benefits of its smart and sustainable power management.”
While the battery has been designed for the E-200 fully electric, zero-emissions refrigeration units for medium sized vans and trucks, batteries could eventually be used with larger refrigeration systems, including reefer machinery for reefer containers. Batteries could provide a solution for continuous refrigeration when containers are off power, as well as help better manage electrical demand at terminals supporting large numbers of reefer containers.
In some applications a battery pack could also be an alternative for a diesel genset. It is understood that multiple companies are investigating hybrid and full battery gensets for use with reefer containers.