ELMS and Thermo King build all-electric prototype

Troy, Michigan, USA: Electric Last Mile, (ELMS) and Thermo King, are collaborating to build a first-of-its-kind all-electric refrigerated delivery vehicle.

Thermo King will integrate its E-200 all-electric fridge into ELMS’ urban delivery electric vehicle. This vehicle will be a prototype of the anticipated first Class 1 commercial electric vehicle available in the United States.

“Together with Thermo King, a global leader in temperature control technologies for transport, we have the opportunity to expand the sustainability of the cold chain by electrifying the last mile delivery of fresh food and other perishable goods,” said ELMS co-founder and chief executive, James Taylor.

“Our goal is to redefine all verticals of last mile delivery and the Urban Delivery EV prototype brings us closer to that transformation.”

ELMS and Thermo King expect to pilot the urban delivery prototype with refrigerated transport customers, as well as have it on display at the Home Delivery Expo, alongside partners at Delivery Concepts. The prototype will also be on display at International Food Distributors Association’s annual events

“Electrification is the force behind Thermo King’s strategy to deliver smart, sustainable temperature-control solutions that will strengthen the cold chain and add value to our customers’ operations,” said Chris Tanaka, vice president, product management, Thermo King Americas.

“Partnering with a technology innovator such as ELMS advances our goal to meet the rapidly growing demand for home delivery in a more efficient and sustainable way.”

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