CoolKit launches electric van conversion

Burnley, UK: CoolKit has a conversion for an electric van set for the food and pharmaceutical industry.

Customer trials are underway n partnership with ProGreen, Prohire’s alternative fuels division, with good results to date, CoolKit says.

The Maxus eDeliver3 is a battery electric van now on sale in the UK, for which CoolKit has developed a lightweight, heavy-duty insulated lining system to minimise heat ingress without compromising payload.

This minimises the power needed to maintain controlled temperatures and suits frozen and chilled applications.

The conversion incorporates a low consumption GAH electric fridge and a roof mounted Trailar solar panel to generate solar power.

Rupert Gatty, chief executive, CoolKit, said: “Tasked by ProGreen to innovate and push boundaries, we knew we could create the solution their customers needed.”

Michelle Miles, head, ProGreen, said: “We are leading the charge with innovative projects which support environmental social governance and businesses corporate social responsibilities and the results of this trial have proved extremely valuable.”

The modifications carried out have had minimal impact on the vehicle’s range. During testing it has demonstrated that it can run for up to 160 miles, depending on usage, driver behaviour and ambient temperature.

It has 750kg payload and uses the Maxus’ own batteries to provide some of the cooling power, eliminating the need for supplementary batteries and saving on their weight.

A further benefit of this arrangement is that it only needs the van manufacturers’ single power point for recharging.

Gatty said: “This innovative new model represents a huge opportunity for us and for our partners involved in the trial, as well as a wide range of businesses operating last mile deliveries who can now enjoy the benefits of this product.

“We’re already building innovative electric solutions for the Mercedes-Benz eSprinter, the Vauxhall Vivaro-e and Maxus’ larger eDeliver9 models and will be sharing further news on these as soon as soon as their trials are complete.”

The Maxus eDeliver3 battery electric van converted by CoolKit in association with ProGreen.

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