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November 3, 2011

Hybrid reefer offers big savings

This was the head on the intro story I did on the Carrier Transicold Vector 1800MT back in 2006. The subhead told the story: A revolutionary truck refrigeration unit offers hybrid fuel economies and major maintenance savings.
And what was true then is even more so now, as a news release received recently spells out: Mile Hi Foods, a Denver-based refrigerated food service distributor that has 27 Vector units – second-generation Vector 6500s and multi-temperature 6600MTs – is generating huge savings using electric stand-by. By piggybacking on the unique diesel-electric Deltek hybrid architecture of the Vector units, this relatively small trucking operation is saving $85,000 per year and offering customers a smaller carbon footprint.