Motiv Reefer

Motiv pilots medium-duty ZEV reefer

May 12, 2023
Through a collaboration with Carrier Transicold, the new battery-electric delivery truck features a Pulsor eCool electric transport refrigeration unit

Motiv Power Systems, a manufacturer of medium-duty, battery-electric trucks and buses, recently unveiled a fully integrated, zero-emissions refrigerated truck featuring Carrier Transicold’s Pulsor eCool electric transport refrigeration unit (eTRU).

Motiv will deploy the reefer truck this summer in the U.S. as part of a pilot program, the company reported. Through a collaborative partnership, Carrier Transicold will fully integrate its Pulsor technology with Motiv’s drive system, creating an “ideal solution” for last-mile delivery and temperature-controlled electrification.

The Puslar eTRU can support all-day delivery of refrigerated goods, Carrier said.

“The Carrier Transicold Pulsor eCool unit integrates perfectly with the size of delivery vehicles Motiv specializes in,” Jim Castelaz, Motiv founder and chief technology officer, said in a news release. “With zero direct emissions and the full vehicle battery integrated for both cooling and driving all day, this pilot program with Carrier Transicold enables businesses to reliably deliver refrigerated goods like food, flowers, and pharmaceutical products on daily routes.”

The Pulsor eCool unit leverages Carrier Transicold’s E-Drive technology—first developed for its Vector TRUs—allowing for rapid temperature pull-down and high refrigeration capacity through electric power. The unit is optimized for urban logistics players that are increasingly turning toward battery-powered vehicles to help them maintain temperature integrity throughout the delivery cycle.

“Offering exceptional efficiency for its class, the Pulsor eCool unit is designed to use a light- or medium-duty electric vehicle’s battery system without requiring its own power pack,” said Scott Parker, trailer products manager at Carrier Transicold. “It’s an ideal fit for companies that are considering battery-powered vehicles to deliver refrigerated products in urban areas.”