Hulsteins claims the edge for hydraulic fridges

Jönköping, Sweden: Hultsteins, which makes hydraulically driven fridges for trucks, reckons its eco-friendly hydraulic systems can cut fuel costs by up to 62% and reduce CO2 emissions by at least 98% compared to diesel-driven units.

Hultsteins hydraulically driven fridges can cut fuel costs by up to 62% and reduce CO2 emissions by at least 98%

Hultsteins truck fridges also reduce noise, cut overall weight and halve R&M costs, says Simon Wood, sales and operations manger for the company.

“They also increase interior load space, reduce total life costs, solve working at height issues and reduce VOR [vehicle off road] times,” he insists, adding that Hultsteins also offers aerodynamics kits and industry-leading warranties.

Wood says there are “one or two” companies in the refrigeration transport sector attempting to overcome the limitations of conventional equipment, but insists Hultsteins has “already achieved many of the solutions” – and proven them across continental Europe.

“At Hultsteins, we have for many years addressed and resolved these issues – and in far harsher environments than the UK,” he says. “Our range of hydraulic refrigeration units is [designed] for trucks in the 7.5 to 26 tonne range that operate in conjunction with the new low-emission truck engines.”

• Hulsteins is working with Scania GB to create an installation and support package for UK customers.

Hulsteins launched its low-emission, fridges into the UK market in November 2016. The deal with Scania will see the truck manufacturer’s 88-strong dealer network providing a full service, warranty, maintenance, installation and parts network for Hulsteins.

Each fridge runs via a hydraulic pump directly from the truck engine and provides constant cooling power regardless of whether the truck is idling or at full revs.

Units are claimed to have the same output power as traditional diesel alternatives, yet be more environmentally friendly and economical to run.

“Scania is looking to offer refrigeration contract maintenance packages for Hultsteins units, as well as whole truck service contract maintenance packages on both Scania and non-Scania products across all fleets here in the UK,” Wood said.

“The idea is to eventually offer a complete ‘one stop shop’ on trucks, refrigeration and all ancillary equipment. Servicing of all the ancillary equipment can be done at the same time as the truck that reduces downtime and costs.”
Scania’s existing parts organisation VRS will provide parts distribution, which Hulsteins said will also reduce downtime compared with servicing and sourcing parts for traditional refrigeration units.