Wabash National is the gamechanger we are looking for. If we don’t take this opportunity, then we will never know what we could have achieved.
Wabash National and C&S Wholesale Grocers to Show Zero-Emissions Composite Refrigerated Tractor-Trailer
LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Feb. 19, 2020 – As more electric vehicle and component solutions become commercially available in the light- to medium-duty market, regional and long-haul fleets also seek opportunities to reap the benefits of electrification. Wabash National and C&S Wholesale Grocers will show a road-ready zero-emissions 48’ refrigerated trailer at the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) annual meeting February 24-27 in Atlanta.
“We’ve seen a lot of prototype and concept electric vehicles and trailers over the years, but no one has yet to demonstrate real viability of a roadworthy zero-emissions tractor-trailer for refrigerated hauls due to the location and size of batteries,” said Robert Lane, Wabash National’s vice president, product innovations. “This is the first time a major box innovation has been coupled with a major TRU innovation that results in breakthrough customer value in a sustainable format. MSC provides a unique platform for electric powered TRUs. The large gain in thermal efficiencies allow a customer to either downsize the batteries required to haul cargo or increase the run time on a battery setup.”
Wabash National’s MSC reefer sets new standards in efficiency with optimized thermal performance, maximized payload capacity, corrosion resistance and the industry’s highest standard floor rating. Designed and constructed with advanced molded structural composite (MSC) technology, the MSC reefer is up to 30 percent more thermally efficient than a conventional refrigerated trailer, reducing fleets’ operating costs by running fewer hours, using less fuel and lasting longer.
“We’re putting units into our fleet that depend heavily on solar and battery power for the truck and TRU,” explained Chris Trajkovski, vice president, Fleet Maintenance and DOT Safety Compliance at C&S Wholesale Grocers, the largest wholesale grocery supply company in the U.S. “We think the additional protection that comes from the Wabash MSC insulation package will be a nice match for the TRU technology so the reefer is not running, to help us make the delivery efficiently. We expect the TRU to work less with Wabash National’s composite design.”
“When we look at the tractor-trailer combination, the ‘box’ had not evolved prior to the MSC reefer,” Trajkovski added. “End consumers are influencing commercial transportation, and the next step for our progress in the industry means turning to advanced materials. We chose to work with Wabash National because they don’t settle. They are challenging us at C&S Grocers to do something different.”
Although the Wabash National MSC unit that will be on display at TMC is the first for C&S Grocers, Trajkovski expects the added cube space, higher UA rating and ability to maintain consistent temperature for a longer period of time will be a winning combination for the company when coupled with its focus on electric vehicles and TRUs.
“Wabash National is the gamechanger we are looking for. If we don’t take this opportunity, then we will never know what we could have achieved,” Trajkovski said.
Customers attending TMC are invited to stop by booth #3433 to learn more. Or contact a Wabash National representative about the MSC refrigerated trailer at 855-530-3870 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As the innovation leader of engineered solutions for the transportation, logistics and distribution industries, Wabash National Corporation (NYSE:WNC) is changing how the world reaches you. Headquartered in Lafayette, Indiana, the company’s mission is to enable customers to succeed with breakthrough ideas and solutions that help them move everything from first to final mile. Wabash National designs and manufactures a diverse range of products, including: dry freight and refrigerated trailers, platform trailers, bulk tank trailers, dry and refrigerated truck bodies, structural composite panels and products, trailer aerodynamic solutions, and specialty food grade and pharmaceutical equipment. Its innovative products are sold under the following brand names: Wabash National®, Beall®, Benson®, Brenner® Tank, Bulk Tank International, DuraPlate®, Extract Technology®, Supreme®, Transcraft®, Walker Engineered Products, and Walker Transport. Learn more at www.wabashnational.com.