It’s not many companies that can claim to have invented something that changed the world, but Carrier Transicold can. That’s because back in 1902 the company’s founder Willis Carrier invented air conditioning. How cool is that?

Today it’s a world leader in heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, and parent company UTC Climate, Controls & Security operates 51 factories, employs more than 50,000 people and sells into more than 180 countries. While one of its many claims to fame is that it cools the Sistine Chapel, it is of course better known to us for its vehicle refrigeration units.

The Carrier Transicold Vector, which is available in seven guises, is a common sight on the front of UK refrigerated trailers. Meanwhile its Supra, Siberia and Iceland line-up, keep many a rigid body cool. The company also does a complete range of van refrigeration units.

Carrier has a reputation for having its finger on the pulse of technology, and has offered its E-DRIVE all-electric unit, which transforms engine power into electricity, since the late 1990s.

Another example of its innovation is the ECO-DRIVE power module, which is fitted to the side of the truck’s chassis and operates off the vehicle’s power take-off (PTO). It works independently of the lorry’s engine speed, and communicates with its CAN bus.