Solar powered trailer auxillaries

Stoke-on-Trent, UK: Don-Bur, in partnership with DHL, is developing solar technology to power trailer lights and tail-lifts.

The system, called Trailar, draws solar energy from trailer roofs and converts it into electricity to operate the trailer lights and tail-lifts.

It is part of DHL’s target of zero emissions by 2050 and will be used initially on DHL’s own delivery fleet, before being rolled out to other operators in 2019, says Richard Owens, group marketing manager, Don-Bur (Bodies & Trailers).

The system is made up of thin, light weight solar mats fitted to the roofs of articulated, box-truck and draw-bar trailers and connected to the vehicle’s battery or additional on-board batteries via a charge controller.

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