Thermo King and Frigoblock bring the future of Transport Refrigeration to Solutrans

Transportation solution businesses Thermo King and Frigoblock of Ingersoll Rand, a world leader in creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments, recently welcomed visitors at the booth of the Solutrans show in Lyon, France. The highlight of the stand was the official launch of the SLXi Hybrid refrigerated trailer units that combine the proven expertise and technologies from both Thermo King and Frigoblock.

The new SLXi Hybrid was designed to fit semi-trailer applications and improve customer’s environmental footprint with low-emission and noise levels while simultaneously decreasing their total cost of ownership by contributing to measurable fuel and operational costs savings.

“We’re going to Solutrans to demonstrate our leadership and show our solutions that are available to answer today’s and tomorrow’s challenges of the refrigerated transport market,” said Laurent Debias, product management leader at Thermo King and Frigoblock. “Thermo King and Frigoblock are in a unique position to show a portfolio of diesel, hybrid and zero-emission, all-electric solutions to suit all transport refrigeration applications from truck, trailer to home delivery vans. This portfolio of sustainable and intelligent products helps our customers to provide efficient refrigerated transportation in the inner city, low emission and low noise areas.”

The units offer refrigerated fleet operators a unique flexibility as the SLXi Hybrid can operate in electric mode both when connected to three-phase power supply at the loading dock and while driving on the road. The Frigoblock generator installed on the tractor engine together with an inverter-drive system provide constant electric power allowing for full autonomy from the diesel engine, which can be restarted whenever it is needed.

Thermo King SLXi single- and multi-temperature units are the industry’s first fully telematics-enabled refrigerated trailer units, delivering full visibility of the unit and load condition with TK BlueBox communication device and Bluetooth® as standard.

With the SLXi, drivers and fleet managers have simple, remote access to the critical flow of data required to manage a fleet proactively, maximize uptime and improve efficiency.