Washington-based Hawthorn Logistics has taken delivery of its first ever Carrier Transicold Vector HE 19 units, adding 10 multi-temperature and 10 single-temperature versions to its refrigerated trailer fleet, which is now 100% Carrier-cooled.

Mounted to new 13.6-metre Chereau trailers, the units join a 43-strong refrigerated trailer fleet and represent 15 replacements for older assets, along with five new additions.

The Vector HE 19 combines Carrier Transicold’s E-Drive all-electric technology with an all-new multi-speed engine design, delivering up to 30% fuel savings when compared to the previous generation Vector 1950. The system is also 19% more efficient when plugged into the electrical grid on standby.

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The new assets will stay in service for five years, primarily delivering fruit, vegetables and various chilled and frozen products to major supermarkets across the UK. Mostly operating on routes between central Scotland and London, they will be on the road seven days a week, 364 days a year, clocking up around 100,000 miles.

“Since we started the business over a decade ago, we have been specifying Carrier units,” said Chris Kilsby, owner of Hawthorns Logistics. “To me, they’re the best units on the market, so it was a logical step to make the move to the new Vector.

“We’re a family business and we believe in building lasting relationships. Carrier’s systems have never let us down, and when you add in the phenomenal level of aftersales and maintenance support we receive, there’s just no real reason to look elsewhere.

“We have a fantastic working relationship with Carrier Transicold Northern, which provides unrivalled support when it comes to keeping the units on the road and operational. On the rare occasion that something goes wrong, they always react quickly.”