Carrier Transicold has launched a quieter, yet more powerful Vector 1350 trailer refrigeration unit.

The new Vector provides 13,100 watts of refrigeration capacity for the transportation of perishable goods, while the manufacturer said its lighter weight of 643kg will enable hauliers to carry larger payloads.

Noise levels emitted from the unit have been lowered to just 69 decibels, which Carrier Transicold said will provide greater comfort for drivers and less noise for residents during urban deliveries.

Trials of the new 1.1-litre engine have also shown it to reduce fuel consumption by up to 30% compared with its predecessor, according to the manufacturer. The engine drives both a compressor and a generator to power the ventilation system, while three electric fans significantly improve system reliability. By using a microchannel condenser coil, the Vector 1350 unit also requires about 27% less refrigerant than its predecessor.

A new, user-friendly control interface for operators has been designed, including dedicated buttons and universal symbols that are easy for drivers to understand, regardless of language. Carrier Transicold said this can help prevent costly mistakes when choosing the proper temperature settings inside the trailer.