Thermo King and BPW add axle power

Lyon, France: BPW’s E-Power axle, which converts energy from the vehicle and its braking system into a continuous power source for trailer fridges, is the latest innovation for Thermo King.

The AxlePower technology is an integrated system combining Thermo King hybrid or fully electric trailer fridges, BPW’s E-Power axle energy recovery system, and battery storage. The system stores the energy generated while the vehicle is rolling or braking in a high voltage battery and reuses it to power the fridge.

The AxlePower system is tractor-independent, which makes it easy to deploy across the customer’s fleet, Termo King says. The technology also offers immediate compatibility with all Thermo King and Frigoblock trailer refrigeration units.

The new AxlePower technology was shown at the Solutrans exhibition in Lyon, France.

Francesco Incalza, president, Thermo King, Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “Today, combining our expertise, research and development with BPW, we’re introducing new technology that turns the energy typically lost by a trailer during transit into clean, sustainable power for trailer refrigeration units.”

The possibility to recover and reuse energy makes the AxlePower system an ideal solution to increase the sustainability of all types of trailer journeys. With silent running and no CO2 emissions when operating from the battery-pack, this technology allows customers to easily run inner-city deliveries, including in ultra-low emission zones, Thermo King says.

Laurent Debias, VP product management & marketing atThermo King, said: “The AxlePower technology represents a significant advancement in both operational flexibility and long-term sustainability of refrigerated trailer fleets. Enabling this form of electric power supply recovering energy that would typically be lost, allows for significant emissions and cost gains during every single journey. This is especially important in a price competitive industry like commercial transport.”

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