Wholesaler Hunt’s Food Group has taken delivery of its first ever tractor fitted with Carrier Transicold’s Eco-Drive system to improve fleet sustainability and operational efficiency.

The Dorset business has also taken on three new specialist 15.5m variable deck LSTs, each mounted with a Carrier Vector HE 19 MT unit.

The addition of the new trailers, supplied by Gray & Adams, means that 12 of the company’s 13-strong trailer fleet are now Carrier-cooled.

By choosing the 15.5m LST design, the company said it would benefit from being able to carry more payload per trip, reducing overall delivery journeys and helping to cut its carbon footprint – savings that increase further when combined with Eco-Drive.

Incorporated within the tractor’s chassis, Eco-Drive uses a hydraulic pump connected to the tractor engine’s power take-off, which drives a generator capable of delivering the electrical power required to run any of the company’s Carrier Transicold Vector units.

Hunt's Food Group

Hunt’s Food Group

Source: Garnett Keeler

Hunt’s transport director Phil Hopkins said: “The addition of the new Eco-Drive technology to the fleet is very exciting, especially when combined with the Vectors on the larger trailers.

“We are especially grateful to how closely Carrier worked alongside Gray & Adams on the design of the new LSTs, the team went above and beyond to make sure we received the ideal solution for our needs.”