Thermo King’s electric E-500e for light commercials

Brussels, Belgium: Thermo King has begun production of its electric E-Series designed for electric light commercial vehicles. “With the E-500e model, we deliver an all-electric solution that extends the limits of what is possible today, and help our customers do the same,” said Davide Fusciani, product manager Thermo King.

”The E-Series is not only 100% electric, but also energy-efficient at heart, with an unmatched cooling capacity and an ideal use for urban areas.”

“For this model, we went back to the drawing board, keeping our customers’ and the environment’s needs at heart. With the European Union calling for CO₂ emissions from new trucks to be cut by 90% by 2040, we give our customers solutions that help them align with this transition and future proof their operations. We are now starting the production of the E-500e single and multi-temperature units, and more models will follow,” said Davide Fusciani.

The E-500e has custom-designed inverter technology, a patented power control system and real-time communication between the unit and the vehicle maximise the cooling performance, energy efficiency and optimal power supply with minimal impact on the vehicle’s autonomy, Thermo King says. It is powered directly by the vehicle’s battery, eliminating an additional battery pack or shore connection module. Drivers can keep their refrigeration unit running while the battery electric vehicle is charging or stationed at a delivery stop.

A new, high-speed compressor with RPM independent of the vehicle’s speed generates electric cooling capacity up to 4.5kW and both cooling and heating modes to fit customers’ multiple application needs.

“The new E-Series unit is designed to answer the challenges of e-LCVs and inner-city deliveries such as how to keep temperature control performance high with minimal energy consumption, how to offer cost-effective solution to a high investment choice, and how to reduce the refrigeration unit’s impact on the range of the BEV. The E-500e translates these challenges into a highly efficient and sustainable solution,” Thermo King says

Thermo King says the units are easy to install on panel vans, chassis cab trucks and other types of vehicle conversions with half the weight of an equivalent legacy unit. Lower weight means a reduced impact on the battery-electric vehicle’s range and maximises the vehicle’s payload, increasing operational flexibility and bottom line.