Tuesday, August 9, 2011

First UK Electric Truck with a Reefer Box Launched

FOODSERVICE distributor 3663 is operating the UK's first electric truck with a refrigerated body
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The 12-tonne Smith Newton all-electric truck is running out of 3663’s Battersea depot in South London, as part of its long-term commitment to reducing carbon emissions.

The vehicle’s fridge unit utilises cold plate technology, where the body is plugged in and chilled overnight, ready for daytime operations. This means that the refrigeration process does not impact on the Newton’s daily range capabilities, as it draws no power from the truck’s traction batteries during use.

Joanna Pegg, Fleet Controller at 3663, said: “We’re excited to have launched our first electric vehicle to run within the Battersea commercial fleet because it has so many benefits for us and our customers. These green trucks are not only quicker and easier to maintain, but they also create zero tailpipe pollution – meaning no nitrogen oxide, no carbon monoxide and no carbon dioxide is emitted from the vehicle. It also runs very quietly, reducing the level of noise pollution.”

Quiet, clean and efficient, the Newton for 3663 can transport up to three tonnes of goods and has a range of up to 100 miles on a single charge. The 120kWh lithium-ion battery pack is recharged overnight and is also robust enough to take a top-up charge.

Designed for multi-drop, predictable route applications, Newton is the UK’s best-selling all-electric truck.

Andrew McManus, Business Unit Controller for 3663 at Battersea depot, said: “This is a step in the right direction for urban depots, such as Battersea, where the electric vehicle will make a real positive difference to both our drivers and customers, and more importantly, the environment. Smaller, quieter and energy efficient, the Smith Newton will make deliveries much easier for our drivers who regularly have to stop-start their engines in one of the busiest parts of the city.”