Biogros electrifies with Frigoblock

Luxembourg: Biogros, a wholesaler of organic produce, has the first fully electric refrigerated truck on Luxembourg’s roads.

Frigoblock equipped the prototype MAN eTGM truck with the inverter driven FK25i fridge.

Biogros calculates that in the first eight months of operations it saved over 2,900 litres of diesel, approximately 9.4 tonnes of CO2, compared to similar diesel-fuelled truck in its fleet. By the end of the year, Biogros expects to save a total of approximately 22 tonnes of CO2, more than 20% of its entire fleet’s emissions.

The truck required a fridge able to work fully on electric power and that could be connected and powered by the truck’s main battery with low impact on the vehicle’s operational range.

“When planning our transport and logistics operations, we have always looked for the best possible compromise between the protection of the environment and food safety,” Marco Gasper, logistics manager at Biogros, said.

“Part of our philosophy is to be close to our customers and provide them with turnkey solutions that are right both from an operational and a sustainability point of view,” said Samer Hawat, area sales and service manager for Belgium and Luxembourg, Thermo King.

Biogros’ 26 tonnes eTGM truck with Frigoblock FK-25i can carry 18 pallets and has an autonomous reach of up to 200km. This suits Biogros’ regional distribution of organic food, which is characterised by stop-and-go operations. One of the additional key advantages of the refrigerated vehicle is the virtual absence of noise pollution.

Biogros reckons in the first eight months of operations it saved over 2,900 litres of diesel, approximately 9.4 tonnes of CO2, compared to similar diesel-fuelled truck in their fleet.

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