U.S. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon recently visited ConMet’s award-winning foundry in Clackamas.
The visit was part of an ongoing ConMet initiative to work with and educate policymakers on innovative technologies in the commercial vehicle sector that benefit both the industry and the communities in which they operate. Democratic nominee for Oregon’s 5th congressional district, Jamie McLeod-Skinner, was also in attendance.
During a tour of the facility, Senator Wyden and guests were given an overview of the process that yields more than 4 million aluminum die-cast components per year. The industry-leading, sustainable manufacturing process also includes the latest technologies to minimize waste, including on-site water treatment capabilities, scrap metal recovery and recycling, and the use of returnable packaging.
A major focal point of the tour was an up-close look at ConMet eMobility's innovative in-wheel motor system that enables zero-emission refrigerated trailers. The system, which is now commercially available through Carrier Transicold North America, eliminates the need for a separate diesel engine to power the TRU, significantly reducing overall vehicle fuel consumption and emissions.
Technology like this helps decarbonize refrigerated transport, resulting in significantly cleaner air and improved quality of life for local communities—especially those in and around ports, warehouses, schools, and grocery stores, where TRUs often idle for long periods of time, according to the supplier. It helps to create a more reliable and sustainable cold chain, maintaining the integrity and safe delivery of food, medical goods, and other critical needs.
“We believe that this zero-emission refrigerated trailer system has the potential to make a real, positive impact on fleets and our communities,” Beto Dantas, chief technology and innovation officer at ConMet, said. “So, to support fleet adoption of zero-emission reefer technology, our team is actively pursuing funding for fleets through engagement with groups at the federal, state, and local level.”
ConMet eMobility belongs to the Columbia-Willamette and Western Washington Clean City Coalitions and is a member of Forth Mobility. Headquartered in Portland, Forth Mobility’s mission is to electrify transportation by building lasting programs and policy models that significantly expand equitable access to electric transportation in the U.S. and beyond.
ConMet works closely with local utilities, government organizations, and nonprofits—such as Portland General Electric, CARB, CALSTART, and the Center for Transportation and the Environment—to educate policymakers on new technologies and explore potential funding opportunities for fleets considering electric vehicle solutions, ConMet added.