London, UK: Waitrose is to take 290 of its latest specification home delivery vehicles by the end of this year.
The 3.5 tonners have Coolertech bodies, with Hubbard twin evaporator 390-AELT-12-1fridges, on Mercedes Benz Sprinter 313 CDi chassis.
The Hubbard 390-AELT ultra lightweight units are crankshaft driven and are set to maintain -21°C frozen and +2°C chilled with single phase standby.
The vehicles feature an aerodynamic box body design with a low profile on the 390-AELT condenser, which is mounted on the front body bulkhead.
It has compartments for ambient, chilled and frozen goods with racking for delivery crates. Access to the rear compartments is through a roller-shutter door.
The new vehicle design has the same footprint as a standard Mercedes Sprinter van yet is more load-efficient than existing home delivery vans, Waitrose says.
Jed Sherwood, Hubbard Products key account manager says: “The first 390-AELT’s were supplied early in 2014 with approximately 15 units leaving Hubbard Products each week throughout the year.”
“The 390-AELT is the ideal combination unit for Waitrose.com, it is VCA-EMC approved and features an easy-to-use, in cab digital controller for both frozen and chilled compartments. Backed by our nationwide service cover, it perfectly fitted the Waitrose.com specification.”
Coolertech worked closely with Waitrose to design and develop the body based on Coolertech AiroSprint box dody, designed specifically for the Mercedes Sprinter chassis cab.
The premium quality, 3.5 tonne vehicle features three compartments, each specifically designed to carry either frozen, chilled or ambient goods. The streamlined body design, which is perfect for driving through narrow, more restricted residential areas, offers impressive internal capacity and generous payload.