Jan 24, 2013– Yokohama, Japan (Techreleased) – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. will conduct test drives of the ATLAS F24 Refrigerator Truck by Li-ion Battery for a one-year period starting this month, in cooperation with Yamato Transport Co., Ltd., headquartered in Chuo-ku, Tokyo.
This vehicle is the first truck in the world to sustain continued operation of its refrigerator and chiller compartments through a dedicated lithium-ion battery system during small cargo delivery runs. The lithium-ion battery system installed on the vehicle was developed by 4R Energy Corporation.
This system places no burden on the car engine, so improvements in fuel efficiency are expected. In addition, the output of the refrigeration equipment is not influenced by the number of revolutions of the car engine. This makes it easy to manage the temperature of the refrigerator and chiller compartments, and contributes to improvements in quality management for the products to be delivered.
Even when the engine is switched off during delivery, there is sufficient battery capacity to ensure stable operation of the refrigerator and chiller compartments for long periods.
Nissan has customized the specifications of the ATLAS F24 Refrigerator Truck to match the needs of Yamato Transport’s services, and will provide this vehicle on loan to Yamato Transport as a monitor vehicle. Yamato Transport will utilize this monitor vehicle for its operations in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture, and verify the practicality of the vehicle with Cool TA-Q-BIN and other operations.
The standard model of the ATLAS F24 Refrigerator Truck by Li-ion Battery is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in summer 2013.