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Stef and Ferrero hybrid reefer for Brussels

Brussels, Belgium:  Stef is using a hybrid refrigerated truck to deliver Ferrero products to Brussels urban and suburban areas. The aim is to reduce CO2 emissions, save fuel and operate without noise.

The Premium Distribution Hybrys Tech, developed by Renault Trucks, suits urban deliveries. The electric motor replaces the diesel engine at speeds of up to 20kph. Tthe vehicle will travel for 200 km a day operating from the Ternat Ferreo warehouse delivering to retail outlets and local distribution hubs in Brussels.

Stef is using a hybrid refrigerated truck to deliver Ferrero products in  Brussels

Stef is using a hybrid refrigerated truck to deliver Ferrero products in Brussels

The 19-tonne hybrid vehicle carries up to 18 pallets at between 12°C and 18°C.  The Premium distribution Hybrys Tech has been under development by Renault Trucks for four years.  The electric motor cuts fuel consumption by up to 20% and reduces noise levels to Piek limits.

When the vehicle brakes or slows down, its kinetic energy is converted into electricity stored in batteries for use by the electric motor. The vehicle runs on electric power up to 20 km/h. Above that speed, the diesel engine starts automatically and takes over. It is therefore used only during phases where it is most efficient (starting and fast acceleration phases excluded).

Today’s hybrid technology is particularly suited to freight transport operations in urban and suburban conditions with multiple “stop and go” phases. It provides: lower fuel consumption: up to 20% savings; a cut in Co2 emissions up to 20%; and noise levels brought down to 74 db in the electric mode

Grégory Debuchy, Benelux manager, Ferrero Supply Chain France, says: “We want to reduce the environmental footprint of our entire supply chain. Ferrero is committed to have by 2015 about 6% of its freight moved by rail or on water ant to cut 10% of its greenhouse gas emissions due to the transportation of goods or people. We are very pleased by this new step in the right direction, with the help of our traditional partner Stef”.

Serge Capitaine, deputy managing director, Stef, says: “Since 2005, road-rail transport has gone up to reach in 2010 the symbolic landmark of 50 million jars of Nutella transported by rail. In 2011, Ferrero and Stef have also set up a new scheme combining road and river transport between Rouen andParis. This commissioning of a new hybrid vehicle in Brussels is an example of this permanent innovation approach. It will allow us to rethink the organisation and schedules for local and residential delivery services.”