‘Restoring our Earth’ is the theme of Earth Day 2021, offering the perfect opportunity to reflect on the many ways we all can make a difference to ensure that our world is a safe, healthy, and sustainable environment for future generations. Here at Thermo King, this is an everyday challenge that we boldly embrace – and electrification is a driving force.
Building on our decades of industry expertise, we are innovating our
product portfolios with smart, sustainable temperature-control
solutions for the cold chain and transport industries through
electrification. Our focus: to create value for our customers while
helping to achieve our collective sustainability commitments.
Thermo King’s investments in an electrified portfolio began more
than 10 years ago when we introduced electric technologies into our
marine, bus and truck product lines. We continue to expand our
electrified portfolio with new solutions including auxiliary power
units, trailer products, portable containers, and more. In fact, 2021
marks our biggest investment year yet and builds on prior actions that
will result in avoidance of 2.3M metric tons of carbon dioxide
equivalent (CO2e) from engine emissions. Our goal is to have launched
electrified technology in each segment of our end-to-end cold chain
solutions by 2030. As the adoption rate of our electrified and low
emissions products increases, we could avoid up to 6M+ metric tons of
CO2e annually – now that’s impactful!
To successfully create sustainable change that advances technology
while providing value, we must stay connected to the voice of our
customers and to fellow leaders in relevant spaces. We do this in many
ways. Examples include launching a Truck Fleet Online Community, our
very own customer council designed to listen and understand how
electrification plays in their operations. We also consult with
regulatory agencies and electric vehicle OEMS to test and further
develop our collective technologies.
We are committed to advancing low and zero-emissions technology for a better world. I could not be prouder of our amazing Thermo King team who work passionately each day to ensure that our innovations continue to provide value to our customers, the industry, and our earth.
Karin De Bondt is president of Thermo King Americas, a strategic brand of global climate innovator Trane Technologies.
Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) have the potential to offer several benefits to operators: lower fuel costs, reduced maintenance costs, and lower total cost of ownership (TCO). However, there are still a number of barriers that must be overcome before the industry sees full adoption of BEVs and their benefits.