XL Fleet announced a battery and power electronics development and supply agreement and a $3 million investment in eNow, 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 and power electronics systems for the first 1,000 units of eNow’s new electrified refrigerated trailer solutions. eNow produces patented solar systems that efficiently capture the sun’s energy with roof-mounted photovoltaic modules and then store the energy in auxiliary batteries used to power lift gates, in-cab HVAC, refrigeration, telematics and other loads such as appliances and lighting.
The two companies are collaborating on the design and development of the system that will power eTRUs, as a replacement for conventional diesel-powered systems. XL Fleet is developing the high-capacity integrated lithium-ion battery and power electronics technology installed underfloor on the Class 8 trailer. The technology will provide about 12 hours of run time between charges. eNow will then integrate this system into its architecture, including solar panels mounted on the trailer’s roof to maintain the battery charge and extend operation. Currently available 480V 3 phase shore power will be used to charge the batteries and powering of the eTRU when idle or during loading and unloading of the trailer.
“We have been collaborating with eNow on critical engineering elements of this exciting next-generation electrified refrigerated trailer offering for some time now and continue to be impressed by the team’s technology, ingenuity and shared passion for sustainability,” said Dimitri Kazarinoff, CEO of XL Fleet.