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Schmitz Cargobull delivers electric semitrailer for fleet testing

July 13, 2021
S.KOe COOL SMART features electric axle and electric refrigeration unit with integrated electronics, battery system

Schmitz Cargobull recently handed over a prototype of the S.KOe electric semitrailer to representatives of trailer leasing company TIP, supermarket chain Albert Heijn, and logistics provider Cornelissen.

"We chose this vehicle because most of our transport takes place in inner-city distribution traffic and we also serve routes between different distribution centers,” said Peter Leegstraten, transport manager expert at Albert Heijn. “In many Dutch cities, distribution transport is characterized by 'Zero Emission Zones' in the inner cities which will be active from 2025 on. Schmitz Cargobull offers a solution with its all-electric S.KOe refrigerated box, so that we can continue to drive into the inner cities without any problems with the electric refrigerator, in combination with a zero-emission tractor unit.”

The vehicle is a S.KOe COOL SMART with an electric axle and an electric refrigeration unit with integrated power electronics and battery system. The all-electric S.CUe refrigeration unit is designed for emission-free cooling and heating of the load. This is reflected in the cooling (up to 15,900 W) and heating capacity (9,100 W) without restriction. Instead of the diesel tank, batteries are installed on the support windmill for this purpose.

In addition, the vehicle is equipped with an electrified Schmitz Cargobull trailer axle which, among other things, recuperates energy during braking processes and thus reduces the recharging times of the battery via the power grid. On a vehicle without an electrified axle, the battery is not recharged during the journey. A vehicle with an electrified axle, however, already recharges the battery during the journey, so that recharging the battery via the mains at the distribution center can either be omitted or at least minimized. Of course, this also shortens waiting times at the distribution centers, the manufacturer notes.

The Cornelissen Group takes care of the transport logistics at Albert Heijn and is responsible for the continuous supply of the food markets.

"The issue of sustainability is at the forefront for us,” said Marco Pikkemaat, fleet manager, Cornelissen Group. “We are therefore very excited about the results that the distribution trips will give us. Our driver was made aware of the special features of the vehicle during the pick-up and trained accordingly.”

Schmitz Cargobull's TrailerConnect telematics system is integrated in the vehicle as standard, which can be used to monitor the battery's state of charge, the remaining range and the remaining charging time via the telematics portal.

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