Heavy Duty Trucking magazine has announced its 2019 Top 20 Products, highlighting the most innovative, significant, and useful new product announcements from last year. Making the list are eNow’s solar-electric, diesel-free reefer systems for trailers which promise to revolutionize refrigerated transportation. By eliminating diesel and using eNow’s proprietary solar-electric system, refrigerated fleet owners such as food retailers, distributors and manufacturers will see rapid ROI, saving millions in O&M costs per year – and dramatically reduced emissions.
How does it work? The eNow solar system, which covers the trailer’s roof, powers the trailer by day – typically for 10-hour delivery routes. At night, back at the distribution center, the trailer plugs into shore power to recharge the system. A bonus is that electric reefer systems require less maintenance than traditional diesel models and have a longer asset life. While the eNow system is currently a single medium-temp design, multi-temp eNow systems will be available by 2020. They are also compatible with new reefer trailers by all manufacturers.
About the HDT Top 20 List for 2019: The winners are published in the February issue. Awards will be presented during individual ceremonies at the American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta March 18-21, 2019.
Each year, HDT editors spend a lot of time going to press conferences and combing through news releases on the latest new products for trucking. At the end of the year, they embark on a process to identify the very best of the past year’s introductions for the Top 20 Products. Editors sifted through all of the new product announcements that appeared in the magazine or on the Truckinginfo.com website over the course of 2018 to winnow down the list. Products are chosen based on the level of innovation, ability to address significant industry issues, and potential benefit to the bottom line. HDT editors then consulted with the HDT Editorial Advisory Board, made up of executives and managers representing fleets of a variety of sizes and types, to arrive at the final 20. Entire vehicles are not included, and products must be commercially available or scheduled to become commercially available this year.