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Refrigeration Units

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It is now feasible for heavy-duty commercial trucks to green up – not only tractors, but also trailers. BC’s enviroTruck initiative supported two fleets as they introduced hybrid-electric refrigeration units:

  • R&B Trucking of Victoria: This company’s Class 7 2009 Freightliner M2e® 106 hybrid truck (33,000 GVW) was the first of its kind in North America. Among its many features was a fuel-efficient diesel electric hybrid engine the size of one in a pickup truck. It also features an electric refrigeration unit powered by the hybrid system eliminating the need for a second diesel engine. The truck converts energy lost during braking into electricity, which is re-routed back to power the refrigeration unit. This Freightliner truck has a 2007 engine, which significantly reduces NOx and carbon emissions.
  • Paradise Island Foods of Nanaimo: This food delivery company converted six trailers to hybrid refrigeration units that run on electricity when plugged in and a diesel generator when on the road. Jason Kozubal, Paradise Operations Manager had this to say: “The hybrid reefer is an amazing machine. It is quiet, more efficient while running on diesel, hums along when running on electricity and pulls temps down very quickly. It also uses fewer parts and only half of the refrigerant of conventional reefers. The numbers have proved the benefits of this new reefer technology to us very clearly.”
  • You can read more about R&B Trucking and Paradise Island Foods in Fleet Experiences.

Paradise Island Foods tracked data between March 2008 and February 2009 to evaluate its hybrid refrigeration units and onboard computer systems for a Transport Canada case study. The case study is summarized on the Transport Canada website. Here are highlights:

  • Paradise Island found the two technologies tested were reliable and cost-effective for reducing fuel consumption and GHG emissions.
  • The hybrid refrigeration units reduced diesel fuel consumption by 61% and provided other operational advantages (for examples, better temperature regulation, faster defrosting, and quieter overnight operation). Hybrid trailer refrigeration units seem to be best-suited for regional carriers that can use electrical power while trailers are located at the home base.
  • The onboard computer systems helped drivers and managers reduce tractor fuel consumption and associated GHG emissions by 13% and provided a number of operational advantages (for example, better driver hour tracking, direct communication via text messaging, location tracking, and reduction of out-of-route kilometres).

E3 Fleet Partners

The E3 Fleet program reflects the commitment and expertise of many people, including some of the country’s most innovative fleet managers. All have a common passion – to see Canada’s fleets take a cleaner, green road to the future.

The Fraser Basin Council launched E3 Fleet in 2006 in cooperation with Climate Change Central (Alberta) and Fleet Challenge. Since October 2016, the program has been managed by Richmond Sustainability Initiatives (RSI).

The E3 Fleet Charter members were also pivotal to its success: Auto-Gas Propane, BC Hydro, BC Ministry of Environment, City of Coquitlam, Corporation of Delta, Enbridge, City of Hamilton, Hydro One, City of Kelowna, Township of Langley, District of Maple Ridge, City of North Vancouver, Novex Couriers, City of Prince George, District of Saanich, University of BC and Municipality of Whistler. We’ve enjoyed the journey so far, and it’s only just begun. Join us!

E3 Fleet in Brief

E3 Fleet is a Canada-wide program that helps public and private sector organizations green up their vehicle fleets.

E3 Fleet offers information and tools to help you increase fuel efficiency in your fleet, reduce harmful emissions, manage expenses, and incorporate new technologies, fuels and best management practices. We offer Fleet Review and Fleet Rating, unique opportunities for you to boost fleet performance and receive recognition for that achievement.

New Management

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In October 2016 Richmond Sustainability Initiatives (RSI) assumed management of the E3 Fleet program from the Fraser Basin Council. RSI is recognized for its work on green transportation and green building projects across North America and is host to Fleet Challenge.

Reach Us

For more information on the E3 Fleet program, contact:

Roger Smith
Partner, Transportation, RSI
T: 416 418-9931

Melissa Felder
Engineering Partner, Energy, Green Buildings & Film, RSI
T: 416 951-9030

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