September 8, 2023

Thermo King Introduces Advancer S-DRC Rail Refrigeration Unit

Advancer S-DRC Rail Unit

New solution is California Air Resources Board (CARB) Ultra-Low Emission Trailer Refrigeration Unit (ULETRU) compliant and leverages the industry proven Precedent® S-Series engine to lower emissions 


MINNEAPOLIS, September 8, 2023Thermo King, a leader in sustainable transport temperature control solutions, has introduced the Advancer S-DRC slimline rail unit. The unit is the company's latest innovation in temperature control solutions for cargo rail and intermodal applications. Utilizing the S-Series engine, the S-DRC will replace the SLXi-DRC and be the first slimline unit in North America that meets current CARB Ultra-Low Emission Transport Refrigeration Unit (ULETRU) emissions standards, making it compliant in all 50 states.

“Thermo King has designed custom rail solutions for our customers since 1948,” said Sam Doerr, Thermo King’s trailer portfolio leader. “The Advancer S-DRC is another example of Thermo King’s commitment to delivering smart, sustainable temperature-control solutions that help customers transition fleets to reduce their environmental impact and be compliant with the changing regulations in California.”

The enhanced operational efficiencies of the Advancer S-DRC not only allow customers to keep sustainability at the forefront of their business but also helps lower their total cost of ownership. This is accomplished through:

  • 10% improved fuel efficiency over the previous generation
  • Next-generation control system that enables precise temperature management
  • A slimline profile which allows a competitive 15-pallet capacity and enables a smooth transition to over-the-road, simplifying cross-docking operations
  • Two ThermoLite® solar panels as standard
  • Integrated shore power

Every Advancer S-DRC unit also will come equipped with TracKing® telematics to deliver the data customers need, and there will be no service charge for the first 24 months of ownership. Telematics helps fleet owners monitor temperature, offers rapid alarm detection and security alerts when the doors are opened and helps detect fuel loss. Additionally, it provides access to predictive analytics and performance dashboards.

As our next generation, most fuel-efficient slimline rail unit available, the Advancer S-DRC aligns with customers’ goals to transition to more sustainable solutions for their fleets and supports Thermo King’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions and advancing Trane Technologies’ 2030 Sustainability Commitments.

“Our portfolio has expanded significantly in the last year, and Thermo King is committed to having a low- or zero-emission solution in every segment of cold chain transportation,” said Chris Tanaka, vice president of product management for Thermo King Americas. “Today’s announcement is one of the ways we are accelerating solutions that help decarbonize the cold chain and support our customers who need solutions that meet regulations and their lower-emission targets.”

The Advancer S-DRC will be on display September 12-13 at the IANA Intermodal Expo in Long Beach, Calif., in the Thermo King booth #942.

Learn more about the Advancer S-DRC.