Idealease has ordered 248 Kidron Ultra Temp hybrid refrigeration truck bodies for customer Schwan Food Co. The total number of units represents the largest single order to date for the manufacturer, VT SVC Inc., a subsidiary of VT Systems Inc. Kidron is a division of VT SVC.
The Ultra Temp uses an environmentally friendly approach that combinesthe benefits of cold-plate and mechanical refrigeration, VT said. The units provide fast temperature recovery, unlimited route capability, automatic defrost and lower weight advantages usually associated with mechanical refrigeration systems., according to the company.
In addition, the reefer unit, which was jointly developed by Kidron and Azure Dynamics, draws energy from the chassis engine during normal driving, delivering it to the cold plates. According to the company, the elimination of the diesel engine that is part of conventional refrigeration saves up to a gallon of fuel per hour. The system requires no belts or microprocessors and no extra diesel engine which reduces maintenance time.