NFT takes 40 new Schmitz reefers

Alfreton, Derbyshire, UK: NFT Distribution, part of EV Cargo, has upgraded its fleet with 40 new Schmitz Cargobull tri-axle refrigerated trailers.

The new trailers are expected to reduce fuel use and so vehicle emissions. A semi-frame that weighs significantly less than a full chassis trailer increases payload potential, offering operational benefits and reducing NFT’s impact on the environment.

A heavy-duty, self-supporting floor means the trailers sit 85mm lower than traditional units helping to reduce drag and further cut fuel consumption.

The trailers have aerodynamic body kits, including side skirts and roof diffusers, because they will be used primarily for motorway and trunking work. NFT expects these additions to further reduce emissions by up to 5%.

David Seaton, fleet engineer, NFT Distribution, says: “Schmitz Cargobull’s trailers are robust, reliable and cost-effective so will reduce downtime for us, and the light chassis and extra body kits will really help us reduce fuel use and emissions. We’ll be running these trailers for eight years, so the benefits will definitely add up in cutting our carbon footprint, which is important to both us and our wider EV Cargo group.”

The trailers’ galvanised chassis eliminates the need for mid-life refurbishment and avoids costs of welding and paint repairs in the event of damage, while Schmitz Cargobull’s Ferroplast technology offers optimum insulation, cutting fuel usage for the refrigeration unit. And the robust build quality means the trailers will retain a high residual value with Pan-European resale opportunities after their eight years on fleet.

Schmitz Cargobull has also incorporated a tyre pressure refill system, which monitors tyre status and automatically maintains each tyre at the optimum inflation level, increasing safety, extending tyre life and further reducing fuel costs.

Built at Schmitz Cargobull’s production facility in Vreden, Germany, the new reefers will work across NFT and EV Cargo’s UK network and be used for chilled, ambient and frozen food and drink delivery, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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