July 21, 2021 – XL Fleet Corp. (NYSE: XL) a leader in vehicle electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets, announced a battery and power electronics development, and supply agreement and investment in eNow, Inc., a provider of solar and battery power systems that enable fully-electric Transport Refrigeration Units (eTRUs) for Class 8 commercial trailers. Under the terms of the agreement, XL Fleet will supply battery energy storage and power electronics technology for the first 1,000 units of eNow’s new all-electric refrigerated trailer solutions. Click here to read the full press release.
March 15, 2021 – Heavy Duty Trucking’s editors have announced the HDT 2021 Top 20 Products, honoring the best new or significantly improved products of 2020. Products are chosen based on how well they address the following criteria: innovation, ability to address industry issues, and potential to help fleets’ bottom lines. Wabash National and eNow are honored to be on the list.
Read the story in Heavy Duty Trucking: https://www.truckinginfo.com/10138649/hdt-announces-top-20-new-products
On July 23, 2020 Wabash National announced a partnership with eNow to launch eNow Rayfrigeration™ zero-emission, all-electric refrigeration systems in combination with Wabash MSC Refrigerated Trailers — the most thermally efficient, lightest and most durable reefer on the road. Click below to read the press coverage…
As developer of Rayfrigeration™, the first zero-emission all-electric refrigerated trailer (or TRU transport refrigeration unit), eNow enthusiastically supports this initiative.
National Coalition of Heavy Truck Leaders Calls for Major Federal Role, Investments to Support U.S. Leadership in Zero-Emission Trucks
June 19, 2020 – The National Zero-Emission Truck (ZET) Coalition, representing America’s major heavy truck makers, innovators, suppliers and key stakeholders, has released its priority federal recommendations to support this critical sector. The recommendations call for an increased federal role and funding to ensure U.S. tech leadership in this clean air technology, including a national point-of-sale incentive program to help drive the near-term production of zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (MHDVs), including clean trucks and buses, in the United States.
The Coalition, organized by clean transportation industry organization CALSTART, is also urging that federal funding be targeted at commercial zero-emission vehicle charging and refueling infrastructure and that federal innovation investments be increased for zero-emission technologies to secure U.S. competitiveness over the next decade.
“America has the power to lead in the expanding, zero-emission truck market,” said Bill Van Amburg, Executive Vice President of CALSTART. “But we must take an active role. Other nations are investing aggressively. Our industry coalition believes a strong federal partnership can create jobs that also clean our nation’s air, foster innovation and solidify American competitiveness in this global field.”
Read the complete news release at this LINK.
“While Class 8 power units get all the attention in these days of alternative fuels and the arrival of battery-electric vehicles, don’t overlook the growing importance of the big box behind them. Trailers are coming into their own in terms of exciting developments that will ultimately increase tractor-trailer efficiency and utilization.” — Phil Romba, Contributing Writer for Transport Topics
CLICK here to read the article: “New Technologies Target Trailer Efficiency”
CLICK here to read the story: “eNow has found cool use for solar panels on trucks”
Photo: MIKE SKORSKI – PBN
Fleet managers know that all batteries eventually weaken and fail — all types, primary and auxiliary batteries alike. But can battery failure be postponed, and if so, for how long? What are the costs vs. savings for remedies?
In the last decade, mobile solar technology has proven to be a cost-effective solution for many battery power problems. In some applications, solar systems generate savings that provide return-on-investment within 12-18 months. This technical article by eNow CTO Bob Doane tells you what you need to know.
CLICK here to read the article: FLEET OWNER – “When Batteries Live Longer, Fleets Prosper”
The solar system will help maximize battery life and performance on the authority’s diesel buses, which will deliver cost benefits, as well.
Click on this link to read the full story in MASS TRANSIT: “RIPTA buses mounted with solar panels”
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“One of the quickest ways to reduce operating costs is to get the energy trucks need for free. No one’s giving away diesel fuel but integrating solar power – and capturing free sunlight – is one way to conserve it while simultaneously upgrading your battery system.”
Read the whole story here. COMMERCIAL CARRIER JOURNAL says “Use of solar can boost efficiency.”
100% solar-electric refrigerated trailers are the next frontier in food transportation – and eNow is leading the way.
“Refrigerated and Frozen Food” magazine asked eNow solar expert Bob Doane to report on trends in solar technology that will impact the food industry. Bob explains why eNow’s 100% solar-electric “reefer” systems — featuring an array of 1/8″ thin, flexible, solar panels on the roofs of 53-foot refrigerated trailers – will soon replace traditional diesel-powered systems. eNow’s patented technology promises abundant economic and environmental benefits to food manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, and distributors with large fleets.
Click on this link to read the full report in Refrigerated and Frozen Food – March 2019.
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.
Fontaine Modification Fleet Services now offers installation of solar panel systems from eNow Solar Energy Solutions, capable of powering certain systems on a heavy-duty truck.
Fontaine’s Statesville, North Carolina, location recently upfitted 26 sleeper tractors with the panels, which capture energy from the sun and are capable of producing 300 watts of electricity per day. The power can be used to charge the truck’s auxiliary batteries, which are then used to power HVAC systems, liftgates, refrigeration, telematics systems, and other auxiliary equipment.
The solar panels from eNow are flexible, lightweight, and thin, measuring only 1/8-inch thick. The panels are sealed to protect against ice, debris, corrosion, and extreme temperatures. Fontaine offers installation of eNow solar panels at all of its modification centers.
“The product is rugged, robust and suitable for the working environment,” said Jamil Young, president, Fontaine Modification Fleet Services. “The installation process is simple and straightforward, and we’re pleased to provide this service to customers at all eight of our locations.”
Click to see the story in HDT | Trucking Info
As truck makers prepare to test and introduce Class 8 battery-electric and hydrogen-electric trucks in the next 12 to 24 months, one must wonder why only a very small number of truck operators have adopted clean solar technology.
While solar energy cannot power a Class 8 truck, it can supplement the charging capacity needed for some tractor and trailer accessories. The additional charging capacity has prolonged battery life while reducing operating and maintenance costs.
Applications of solar power on tractors and trailers turn solar energy into electrical energy to charge batteries used for liftgates, as well as cab and sleeper heating and air conditioning. Fleets report that solar systems have virtually no maintenance requirements.
— Phil Romba | November 9, 2018
Click here to read the full story.
The conclusion of the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) is not a surprise since all three solar-equipped trucks in their 2017 Run on Less demonstration utilized eNow solar power systems. The demonstration program provided hands-on driver feedback to inform the newly published Solar Confidence Report. Click here to read the full report.
No better place to unveil a disruptive new green technology than at the ACT Expo 2018 (Advanced Clean Transportation) in Long Beach, California. eNow has clearly done so with its All-Electric Solar-Based Refrigeration System deployed on a 53-foot trailer. The eNow “reefer” trailer integrates its proprietary, solar technology, battery storage, and its patented electronic control system.
eNow has focused on the transportation industry since its 2011 founding. It also builds solar-based power systems for in-cab HVAC and hotel loads, liftgate battery systems, and telematics that require an energy source to ensure auxiliary batteries are always charged.
eNow proved the effectiveness of its solar energy-producing systems for transportation by powering the first zero-emissions commercial-use Transport Refrigeration Unit (TRU) on a truck making deliveries in an urban environment.
The new zero-emissions TRU branded “Rayfrigeration,” has been undergoing real-world testing since April 2017 in California’s San Joaquin Valley. In five months of testing, emission reductions of 98% nitrous oxide, 86% carbon dioxide, and 97% particulate matter were achieved.
In talking with the drivers and fleets present at Sunday’s event, it was clear to me that all 7 of the trucking teams have 3 things in common. So, there you have it: 7 + 3 = 10 [7 fleets] + [3 best practices] = 10 mpg. Saving fuel is really as easy as 1, 2, 3, and the Run on Less fleets have given us the blueprint.
What was the coolest technology you saw at the event?
If I have to choose one, I’ll go with Mesilla Valley Transport’s air conditioning system, which is powered by solar panels on the roof of the tractor and trailer!
All week at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta, nearly every presenter has mentioned electric trucks and the growing electrification of the trucking industry. So, it was no surprise when solar company eNow noted how it too could help with these growing electric needs.
eNow is ready and eager for a world where solar power turns vehicles into mobile charging stations.That was the message delivered by president and founder of eNow, Jeff Flath, at a press conference at this year’s North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) show. “I founded the company in 2011 to bring solar-based auxiliary power units to the trucking industry,” he said. eNow systems pair medium- and heavy-duty vehicles with solar panels, to turn them into mobile power stations on the go. To date, eNow’s core business includes Class 8 truck and trailers and RVs and school buses.
Freightliner Cascadia raised-roof sleeper trucks can now be ordered with the eNow eCharge solar system as a pre-delivery installation. The eNow system can be ordered through Freightliner dealerships and installed at Freightliner’s Custom Truck Service centers located at each of the manufacturing plants.