Greggs takes Thermo King hybrids

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Greggs is one of the first European customers to take on Thermo King’s new hybrid truck fridges.

Richard Penna, group logistics manager, Greggs, said: “We’re very conscious about the sustainability of our transport operations. It is paramount for us to operate in inner cities with as little noise and emissions as possible. It was a natural choice to work with Thermo King and equip our trucks with these new units that can easily switch from diesel operation to electric, reduce the sound level and eliminate emissions. On top of that we expect to benefit from the lower daily fuel consumption.”

Thermo King’s new T- and UT-Series Hybrid fridges (nose mounted and underfloor) switch between diesel and electric mode allowing operators to operate in inner cities, residential areas and low emission zones with the unit’s diesel engine off. The units use Frigoblock alternator and inverter-drive technology to take power from the truck engine.

Colm O’Grady, product manager, Thermo King, said: “Thermo King was the first to offer its European customers a trailer hybrid refrigeration. Now, our truck transport customers can also benefit from this cleaner and electrified transport refrigeration to make urban distribution more flexible and sustainable.”

The system is well accepted by drivers who need only to set the vehicle when leaving the depot and the system will switch electric and diesel modes during the working day depending on the unit’s requirements. 

Thermo King’s new T- and UT-Series Hybrid fridges (nose mounted and underfloor) switch between diesel and electric mode allowing operators to operate in inner cities, residential areas and low emission zones with the unit’s diesel engine off. The units use Frigoblock alternator and inverter-drive technology to take power from the truck engine

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