The Benefits of an Electric Standby System for Reefers

For decades, diesel powered everything in a refrigerated vehicle. It propelled it forward as it simultaneously worked internal mechanical refrigeration components. While this was effective, distancing these two functions from one another by incorporating an electric (or hybrid) cooling apparatus allows for great flexibility and savings. To discover the benefits of an electric standby system for reefers, consider these three points.

Maintain Cooling When Stationary

Electric standby systems operate the compressor, condenser, and evaporator while the engine isn’t running, and does so via an independent battery. The first benefit is drivers can keep products cool without letting the engine perpetually run. This makes a pitstop much easier for them to take without worrying about the condition of their shipment. Plus, when they’re stationary, trucks are quieter, creating a pleasanter environment for the driver as they rest or address an issue.

Reduces Fuel Consumption and Exhaust Emissions

Perhaps the main benefit of an electric standby system for reefers is your fuel savings and emission reductions. Electricity from a battery costs less to use up than diesel fuel, meaning every period in which you utilize electric standby saves you money as you burn less fuel. Giving your engine a rest also translates to fewer fill-ups for your drivers, saving them time as well.

From an environmental perspective, using less diesel also cuts down on total emissions. Incorporating electric standby, then, creates a new path for pursuing sustainability as a company. That said, even if this is not a major value of yours, some states have stringent emission regulations electric standby allows you to meet.

Lengthens Truck Lifespan

As you burn less fuel and run your engine only when you need to, you also lengthen the total life of your truck. Your parts sustain less wear and last longer, pushing maintenance intervals back a bit. The end result with an electric standby system in place is a better-running vehicle that encounters fewer issues. Not only does this simplify your operation, but it also saves you money.

To learn more about electric standby components, contact Emerald Transportation Solutions. We supply all manner of refrigerated vehicles ranging from vans to VanMaxTM small refrigerated trucks to large-scale reefers.