As part of a forward-thinking European project, the globally operating commercial vehicle supplier SAF-HOLLAND S.A. has integrated a high-performance battery system from European manufacturer of lithium-ion battery systems AKASOL into an experimental vehicle with the electrified SAF TRAKr trailer axle. The Li-ion batteries are fed with braking energy through the truck’s journey.
The Li-ion battery system from AKASOL, which SAF-HOLLAND selected for the project—an experimental cooling trailer with electrified SAF TRAKr trailer axle—is based on the AKASYSTEM 16 AKM system. It has a capacity of 32.6 kWh, and its compact dimensions (750 mm x 216 mm x 1546 mm) make it suited to a cooling trailer.
Innovative liquid cooling gives the pack a stated life expectancy higher than that of comparable solutions available on the market.
The electrified SAF TRAKr trailer axle transforms the kinetic energy, created by the vehicle braking, into electric energy through an electric motor, which works as a generator. Then the power electronics convert this into direct current power, which is stored in the battery. The lifetime of the cooling unit’s diesel generator can be lengthened through the efficient use of the electric motor and battery system.
The electrified SAF TRAKr trailer axle is being presented by SAF-HOLLAND at the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018 in Hannover.