Thermo King revealed its new AxlePower energy recovery trailer refigeration system at Solutrans that has been created using’ BPW’s ePower axle.
AxlePower is a fully integrated energy recovery system for powering a cooling unit with onboard battery storage, creating an autonomously powered refrigerated trailer.
The system stores the energy generated while the vehicle is rolling or braking in a high voltage battery and reuses it to power the refrigeration unit and keep the cargo at optimal temperature.
The AxlePower system is completely independent of the tractor unit and is compatibility with all Thermo King and Frigoblock trailer refrigeration units.
Thermo King says it “delivers immediate and long-term sustainability benefits while also helping cut day-to-day operating costs”.
Also on display at the show as the new BPW-designed BAX 7.5 tonner built on an Isuzu chassis but using similar electric axles powered by two 50kW batteries.
It has a claimed three tonne payload and could be on sale in the UK by 2023.