Prepare now for fridge diesel price-hike

Worcester , UK: Hultsteins advises temperature-controlled operators to seize the initiative and fit a power take off to all new trucks and tractors specified for refrigerated transport.

“We are a little over 18 months away from HMRC’s withdrawal of the current rebate on red diesel for use in refrigerated transport. When this happens, the impact on fridge operators will be an overnight increase in diesel prices of around 100%,” says Graham Usher at Eco Truck Fridge, A UK sales agent for Hultsteins.
“Currently, red diesel attracts duty at 11p per litre and this will increase to the current, white diesel level of 57.5p per litre in April 2022. This significant increase of 46.5p per litre will add many hundreds if not thousands of pounds extra cost, per year, per fridge, for all diesel fridge operators,” he says.
Operators can mitigate these cost increases and further decrease their current spend on diesel fuel by using the PTO on the truck engine to power the fridge.
“Fitting an engine-drive PTO on all new vehicles will give you the option of retrofitting an electric generator.” Usher says.

“This does not replace the existing diesel refrigeration system, but instead, works in tandem with the fridge unit and generates electric at a constant 400V. The generator transforms the diesel unit into a hybrid solution which will run any marque of diesel fridge on electric by utilising its built-in electric motor.” 
Operators will benefit from reduced fuel consumption, reduced carbon, lower noise and a significant reduction in NOx and particulate emissions, Hultsteins says. And maintenance of the host fridge system will also be reduced further extending the life of the diesel fridge.  
“Specifying an engine drive PTO will only increase the weekly cost over a 5-year period by a small amount.” Usher says.

“Not fitting an engine drive PTO will certainly add thousands of pounds more to the operating costs per vehicle, per year.”  
Operators can pay a little more now for an engine drive PTO or a lot more later if they don’t have one, as without an engine drive PTO it is not possible to retro-fit an electric generator – regardless of who it is supplied by, Usher says.
“My strong recommendation for anyone investing in new trucks or tractors for use with diesel refrigeration is to specify a factory-fitted PTO from their chosen truck provider, thereby making sure their investment is well and truly future-proofed,” he says.
About Hultsteins:
Hultsteins, based in Sweden, launched the first fossil-free hydraulic refrigeration unit in 1962. Today it makes hydraulic and electric refrigeration systems and has been in the UK since 2018, acquiring British company Cold Connect in 2019.


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