Reynolds opts for all electric truck refrigeration

London, UK: Reynolds, a fruit and vegetable suppliers, has taken delivery of two new vehicles for operation inside London’s new ultra-low emissions zone.

The vehicles, supplied by SHB Hire, use Carrier Transicold’s vehicle engine powered electric systems.

The truck is a 26-tonne Iveco Stralis with Paneltex body and Carrier Transicold Iceland 18 Twincool fridge. A former demonstrator vehicle, it becomes the company’s first engineless refrigeration system in its truck fleet. It is joined by an all-electric Renault Kangoo van converted by CoolKit and fitted with Carrier Transicold’s ultra-slim Neos 100.

“95% of our fleet is Carrier-cooled, so when we set out to explore new ways of cutting our emissions, we naturally put our faith in Carrier’s latest technologies,” said Steve White, head of fleet support, Reynolds.

The undermount Iceland Twincool is the first system in the fleet to be driven by Carrier Transicold’s Eco-Drive power module, which runs on hydro-electric power generated by the trucks’ Euro VI engine.

The Iceland provdes full refrigeration capacity even at the truck engine’s idle speed and keeps sound levels below 60dB(A) for Piek-compliance. The all-electric Kangoo van has a Carrier roof-mounted, 12-volt Neos 100 system. Usually this is powered by the vehicles alternator but in this case an autonomous power source was supplied by conversion specialist CoolKit.

Renold’s all-electric Kangoo van has a Carrier Transicold roof-mounted, 12-volt Neos 100 fridge

“To power the Neos we fitted our own refrigeration power system, developed especially for these types of fridge van conversions,” said Cameron Javed, fleet sales specialist, CoolKit. “We specified this system because it does not draw power from the vehicle’s battery, meaning the range it can travel is not reduced and the unit can maintain power for longer.”

The new vehicles operaate from Reynolds Waltham Cross depot delivering fruit and vegetables on multi-drop routes in central London, in operation up to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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