James Hall & Co has opted for Carrier Transicold’s Syberia multi-temperature engineless units, in a move designed to improve the sustainability of its vehicles working with SPAR.

The Preston-based firm said the units are each mounted to 18-tonne Volvo Fes featuring Gray & Adams refrigerated bodies.

The new vehicles will help deliver fresh produce to the food retail chain's outlets across the north of England.

Ian Farnworth, James Hall fleet manager, said: “Carrier’s engineless systems are completely new to the business.

“As a company we are conscious of our carbon footprint, so the main driver for adding these vehicles was to help start the move away from fossil fuels. With the approaching changes to red diesel rates we had looked at a range of options, but the Carrier systems offered an ideal solution.”

The Syberia units run on power derived directly from the truck’s Euro VI diesel engine.

Carrier Transicold’s Eco-Drive power module uses a hydraulic pump connected to the truck’s engine power take-off to drive a generator that delivers electrical power capable of providing 100% refrigeration capacity, including at standard idle speed.