Carrier City Transforms Urban Transport Across Europe

11 November 2008

In many cities across Europe, increasing traffic congestion, air pollution and noise disturbance in crowded residential areas are problematic issues. But in “Carrier City,” Carrier Transicold has taken measures to address these concerns by introducing low-emitting, low noise and efficient refrigeration and air-conditioning units. Inspired by Carrier’s efforts to overcome the challenges many European transport customers face, the design of Carrier booth at the 63rd Annual Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover, Germany recently resembled a city – “Carrier City” – to effectively display the various ways Carrier products help customers meet the rigors of doing business in urban areas.

The design of the stand was based on a city concept that featured a main motorway and street signs directing visitors to various displays. The city-like environment allowed more than 400 visitors to touch and feel the featured refrigeration and air-conditioning solutions for urban areas.

Carrier Transicold launched a comprehensive and innovative line of truck and trailer refrigeration units, including the Neos™ for vans, the Supra™ City for rigids, and the Vector™ City for trailers, “Our new City Line embodies our ‘You carry, we care’ promise and our desire to listen to our customers and provide relevant solutions to their concerns,” said Eric Prieur, marketing manager, Carrier Transicold Europe.

City Line units represent features that are important to residents of urban areas: flexibility, low emission and low noise. The aerodynamic and aesthetic design of the Neos truck refrigeration unit – an electrically-driven, self-contained “plug and play” unit for small vehicle refrigeration – is flexible and can adapt to different types of vans. Carrier added hydraulic technology to its market-leading truck refrigeration unit and developed a hybrid unit, the Supra City, which lowers emissions, achieves average sound levels of 61.8 decibels (well below that of a typical 70-decibel home refrigerator) and reduces fuel consumption.

“This innovation enables constant capacity and airflow, even in idle time, while limiting the impact on the environment,” said Martin Van de Pol, City Line key account manager, Carrier Transicold Europe. “Urban distribution typically occurs during the day, due to noise restrictions at night. But the Supra City unit’s low sound levels mean it can be used after dark without disturbing residential neighbourhoods, and when city traffic congestion is far less.”

The Vector City refrigeration unit is one of the quietest trailer refrigeration units currently available in Europe. The Vector unit’s all-electric technology allows the engine to be placed in an all-purpose Undermount unit, beneath the trailer chassis.

“The Vector City unit illustrates Carrier’s concept of eco-responsibility, cold-chain control, low cost of ownership and care for the environment,” said Neil Taylor, managing director, Carrier Transicold Europe. “The British Noise Abatement Society, with its prestigious John Connell award, recognized the unit’s outstanding technological breakthrough in reducing the impact of noise nuisance on environmental quality.”