Randon Companies launches an exclusive semi-trailer with electric auxiliary traction system

Depending on the type of cargo and road conditions, the innovation results in fuel savings that may reach up to 25%

In line with world’s trends, Randon Companies launch, in São Paulo, an exclusive semi-trailer with an electric auxiliary traction system, the Hybrid R solution. The novelty results from a system called e-Sys, developed in synergy with Suspensys and the Randon Technological Center (CTR). The Randon bulk carrier, the company’s sales champion, was the chosen implement to introduce the innovation at Fenatran (International Road Cargo Transport Trade Show) 2019, from Oct 14 to 18 at the São Paulo Expo. Nonetheless, it supports all product families in the Random Implementos’ portfolio. “The Randon Companies’ 70-year trajectory is marked by pioneering, which allowed us to always introduce the best and most disruptive solutions to our clients. With a leading posture towards the market’s innovations, we arrived at this edition of Fenatran with more than 20 new products and improvements for the market we provide for”, said Daniel Randon, CEO of Randon Companies. He reminds us that, as a whole, all the new launches are in tune with a future of solutions that are lighter, more versatile, and more intelligent, aligned with the Company’s groundbreaking profile.

The concept utilizes the auxiliary system of energy recuperation generated during the horse/trailer composition, or during descents, enabling the trailer to help the horse to go up hills in a manner that is safer and more efficient. Depending on the application, loading conditions, and the road, the fuel savings can reach up to 25%, also providing less component wear and less waste emission into the environment.

“We are introducing a completely disruptive solution, which inverts the current rationale, as the trailer starts helping the truck with effective operational gains for the client and to the environment”, observes Daniel Randon, reminding us that the result was possible due to the integrating companies’ synergy and knowledge sharing. Daniel Randon reminds us, in recent history, about the innovation introduced by the company involving the use of alternative materials, since 2005, in trailers with the Ecoplate panel. The PVC composite, which eliminated the use of wood and solved the sealing problems of cargo boxes and grain loss, now advances into a new generation, always committed to environmental balance.

A pioneer in Latin America, the storage and electric regeneration technology was inspired by Formula 1, which utilizes the KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems) System. At Randon Companies, it was conceived and developed by the Technology and Innovation board of the Auto Parts Product Division, along with the Randon Technological Center (CTR) and with one of the group units, Suspensys. The latter will be responsible for the industrialization and commercialization of the system, called e-Sys.

It took two years of development together with the respective areas of engineering, laboratories, and testing ground. When entered into commercial scale, the system will also be available to the national and international market of cargo transportation.

How it works - The e-Sys system, which equips the Randon Implementos’ semi-trailer, operates from an electromechanical set formed by an Electronic Control Unit (ECU), battery, switch and WEG electric engine (coupled to an axle developed exclusively for this purpose). This set, managed by an intelligent algorithm specially developed to evaluate the use and operational conditions, allows the implement to relieve the horse’s efforts in certain conditions, such as ascents, which results in fuel savings. During breaking and decelerations, the engine starts to work as a generator, recuperating kinetic energy and storing it in batteries that will feed its own trailer’s electric engine. With this, the horse/trailer set gains efficiency and greater agility, with less wear on the break set and lower fuel consumption. “The main objective is to promote the energetic optimization of the cargo vehicle set, having Brazil’s factors as enhancers, such as the continental dimensions, irregular relief, and cargo and coupling legislations”, highlights Daniel Randon.


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