Leonard’s Express to Beta Test eNow eTRU Trailers

New all-electric refrigerated trailers can eliminate diesel fuel costs,
reduce maintenance and cut harmful emissions.

November 10, 2021 – WARWICK, RI eNow, Inc. an industry leader in renewable energy systems for commercial transportation, has entered an agreement with Leonard’s Express, a nationwide freight carrier specializing in refrigerated transport, for the lease of two new eNow electric TRUs (Transport Refrigeration Units). One eNow Rayfrigeration™ trailer is all-electric and features a Carrier Vector 8100 reefer unit. The second, also electric powered but with diesel back up, features the Carrier Vector 8500/8600 unit.


The announcement was made by Mike Riccio, CTB, Chairman of the TIA Board of Directors and Chief Marketing Officer of Leonard’s Express, and Laura Cyrus, TAT’s Director of Corporate Engagement. TAT is now offering TIA Members complimentary access to the TAT Certification Program via the TIA Learning Management System as part of the growing partnership between the two groups. This training will take TIA Members through a 30-minute online training video that educates users on identifying clues as to when human trafficking may occur, where these crimes usually happen, and how TIA Members are uniquely positioned to help combat this problem in their communities.


Leonard’s Express is a family-owned asset-based transportation provider that has delivered best-in-class refrigerated transportation solutions for over 40 years. Headquartered in Farmington, New York, the company has offices in thirteen states across the US, and in Ontario, Canada. Its fleet has 650 tractor trailers offering both refrigerated and van service. 


“We take pride in our fleet of state-of-the-art refrigeration units – and so we are excited to partner with eNow and help lead the way to a future with clean, quiet, emission-free TRUs,” said Ken Johnson, CEO at Leonard’s Express. “Because we move frozen vegetables, dairy products, and temperature-sensitive produce from various origins across the US, primarily from the West Coast or Florida to the Northeast, we are an ideal test partner for eNow’s technology. And, if eNow’s systems work like we believe it will, we see adopting hundreds of units over the next several years.”


“eNow is thrilled to partner with Leonard’s Express,” said Jeff Flath, President/CEO at eNow. “With ever-rising transportation costs, eNow Rayfrigeration™ technology promises to revolutionize commercial transportation by eliminating the need for diesel fuel for trailer refrigeration. This alone will save the food and transportation industry millions in operating costs. Lower equipment maintenance costs are a bonus.”


eNow, a Rhode Island company, has been honored by Heavy-Duty Trucking (HDT) magazine in 2020 and 2021 for its development of a 100% electric refrigeration system for trailers. eNow was awarded one of the Top 20 Products of the Year. The company successfully tested the first zero-emission eTRU for commercial use on a Challenge Dairy truck making deliveries in an urban area in 2017. Its diesel-free reefer system was deployed during a hot summer in Fresno, California – with partial funding by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The eNow system achieved emission reductions of 98% nitrous oxide, 86% carbon dioxide, and 97% particulate matter – compared to traditional diesel-powered systems.


About eNow

Founded in 2011, eNow is a clean-technology company specializing in renewable energy systems. eNow’s product line includes proprietary systems that reduce engine idling, extend auxiliary battery life for liftgates, telematics, refrigeration units, and safety lighting. eNow’s patented systems include thin, flexible, lightweight solar panels – yet rugged enough to withstand the harsh environment on top of transport vehicles, including heavy duty trucks, transit, and school buses. In 2018, eNow introduced the first zero-emission all-electric refrigeration system – branded eNow Rayfrigeration™ – on a 53’ trailer. eNow system reliability has been confirmed by numerous case studies – as well as performance data from more than 5,000 eNow-powered vehicles on the road. 
For more information, please visit www.enowenergy.com. 


About Leonard’s Express

Leonard’s Express is a family-owned asset-based transportation provider based in Farmington, New York with offices located throughout the United States. We provide transportation solutions for a wide range of customers that encompass many industries. With a nationwide footprint, Leonard’s Express is prepared to tailor solutions that fit the specific supply chain needs of our customers. Leonard’s Express is willing and able to deploy state-of-the-art technology and a team of dedicated professionals to provide customers with dependable, diversified, and creative solutions that are innovative and cost-effective.
For more information, please visit www.leonardsexpress.com. 

Matt Evans | TIA Director of Marketing & Communications | evans@tianet.org | 202.498.5929