Logistics service provider Martin Brower is adding 24 Carrier Transicold's Vector eCool refrigerated trailer units to its fleet.
The company, which is a global supply chain provider for restaurant chains worldwide, will operate the new trailers out of the company’s Hemel Hempstead distribution centre.
The 13.6-metre Gray & Adams trailers are supplied on contract hire by Centurion Truck Rental and will be used on a contract with a major fast-food brand.They will be on the road seven days per week, clocking up around 87,500 miles per year.
The Vector eCool units are paired with the engineless version of the Carrier Transicold Vector HE 19, which will help the business reduce fuel costs and begin the move towards a diesel-free future for its temperature-controlled trailer fleet.
Kevin Svenkeson, managing director, UK & Ireland at Martin Brower said: "Our goal is to deliver innovative and meaningful solutions that help restaurants and our business create a more globally sustainable, ethical, and responsible future.
“Partnering with Carrier Transicold to integrate its all-electric Vector eCool units into our fleet is an essential step towards further reducing our carbon emissions and limiting our environmental impact.”
The Vector eCool unit combines Carrier Transicold’s E-Drive all-electric technology with a new energy recovery and storage system. This converts kinetic energy generated by the trailer axle and brakes into electric power, which is stored in a battery pack that powers the refrigeration unit – a loop that the manufacturer claims creates the industry’s first fully autonomous system, producing no direct carbon dioxide (CO2) or particulate emissions.
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The Vector eCool is PIEK-compliant, which combined with its emissions performance makes it ideal for urban deliveries.
The trailers can also be plugged into the electrical grid when parked and fully charged in two hours using a standard five pin, three-phase standby plug.
Martin Brower’s new units are all backed by Carrier Transicold’s comprehensive BluEdge fixed cost full-service maintenance package, which includes annual temperature control testing and certification, full regulatory checks and access to the company’s oneCALL 24/7 incident management service.
Scott Dargan, MD UK & Northern Europe at Carrier Transicold said: "Since its UK launch in 2020, the Vector eCool system has proven an attractive offering for fleets eager to futureproof their operations against tightening legislation, and we are excited that Martin Brower has added its name to that list.
“The Vector eCool is also the perfect match for Martin Brower’s urban delivery requirements right now, providing instant sustainability benefits for its London-based operations.”