Fowler Welch eco trailer cuts CO₂ by half

Hayley Tayler
July 4, 2016

Fowler Welch has a new eco trailer that uses kinetic energy recovery to power the vehicle’s refrigeration unit.

The operator worked with International Refrigeration Cooling and Thermo King on the design of the new trailer, which is said to emit 50% less CO₂ than a standard one.

This is done by storing the energy generated from the trailer axle to power the refrigeration unit. Previously this was lost energy.

Fowler Welch expects the trailer, which is operating out of its Spalding, Lincolnshire depot, to reduce CO₂ emissions by more than 14,000kg a year.

Nick Hay, CEO of Fowler Welch, said it is an important step for the company to introduce the first operational ACS (auxiliary charging system) trailer to the UK supply chain industry because many customers cite environmental targets as a major influence in their supply chain operation.

The new ACS system converts kinetic energy from the wheels to generate electrical power, which allows the refrigeration unit to run while the vehicle is in motion.

It also charges in-built batteries from as little as 5-7mph allowing up to 90 minutes of stationary power before the hybrid motor kicks in.

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Hayley Tayler

Hayley Tayler has worked across Road Transport Media’s portfolio of publications, including Commercial Motor and Motor Transport, since 2008 in a number of editorial roles from news reporter to urban editor. She now specialises in events and projects content for the business, including the Road Transport Expo and a series of industry research reports.

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