Refrigerants for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles

Reliable, Efficient Refrigerants Ensure Driver Comfort

Many industries depend on medium- and heavy-duty vehicles to transport merchandise globally. This can include everything from a small van dropping off office supplies to a business to a tracker trailer delivering a manufacturer's goods to a department store warehouse. Such supply chains continue expanding rapidly to keep pace with the growth of online shopping.

Drivers of long-haul trucks transporting goods to distribution centers or local routes for last-mile deliveries all depend on cabin air conditioning (AC) to maintain a comfortable environment. That’s why the choice in a reliable AC refrigerant is so critical. Opteon™ refrigerants offer the best balance of properties and performance for mobile AC systems.

Addressing Environmental Issues

Globally, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles are subject to various greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency standards, such as those set forth by European Union and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These efforts limit CO₂ emissions and seek to eliminate ozone-depleting chemicals and minimize global warming damage.

Opteon™ refrigerants meet or exceed vehicle requirements for lower global warming potential (GWP) solutions for vehicle AC systems. They are hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) based refrigerants that are also non-ozone depleting.

While medium- and heavy-duty vehicles have relied on R-134a in the past, this refrigerant has a GWP of 1,300. Some manufacturers of medium and heavy duty vehicles may wish to transition to HFO technology to contribute to environmental sustainability. For those making a change, Opteon™ YF is an R-134a replacement with a GWP of <1.

Opteon™ YF is already the refrigerant of choice for light duty vehicles. An estimated 84 million cars are using Opteon™ YF to meet their air conditioning requirements.

Learn more about how this new generation refrigerant is being used in mobile air conditioning applications.