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UK grocery retailer equips ‘engineless’ reefer system

Sept. 1, 2022
Carrier Transicold’s Vector eCool trailer refrigeration units help Booths slash emissions and meet its diesel-free sustainability goals.

A U.K. supermarket chain recently added three Carrier Transicold Vector eCool units to help it lower emissions across its temperature-controlled fleet.

Booths mounted its new transport refrigeration units to Gray & Adams tandem-axle urban trailers, which are being pulled by six new DAF CF 4x2 tractors fitted with Carrier Transicold’s Eco-Drive power units, which allow the company’s existing Carrier-equipped refrigerated trailers to be powered directly by the truck’s engine, Carrier said.

Operating off the truck engine, the Eco-Drive can provide 100% refrigeration capacity, even at standard engine idle speed.

The company also plans to add two 26-tonne DAF CF rigids with engineless Iceland MT (multi-temperature) systems later this year, allowing it to operate 70% of its refrigeration equipment on either all-electric or hybrid electric power, Booths said.

“We’ve been specifying Carrier systems for close to 10 years now and will soon be completely Carrier-cooled,” said Craig Stopforth, transport manager at Booths. “The reason being, they’re simply leading the industry in innovative, environmentally responsible technology that’s also commercially viable.

“Thanks to Carrier, we can see a clear path toward an engineless future for our refrigeration systems and don’t anticipate specifying any diesel-powered systems from here on.”

Utilizing the engineless version of Carrier Transicold’s Vector HE 19 MT refrigeration unit, the new Vector eCool system combines E-Drive all-electric technology with a new energy recovery and storage system, Carrier explained. 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 in a loop that creates the industry’s first fully autonomous system, producing no direct carbon dioxide (CO2) or particulate emissions. The system plays a key role in Carrier’s 2030 ESG goal of helping customers avoid more than one gigaton of greenhouse gas emissions.

The new assets will deliver chilled and frozen food products from the company’s main depot in Preston to stores across the northwest of England. The trailers will stay in the fleet for 10 years, while the company expects to keep the rigids in operation for approximately six years, with both expected to clock close to 60,000 miles per year. Service and maintenance support for the Booths fleet, including the new assets, is provided by Carrier Transicold service partner, Carrier Northwest.

“The forward-thinking approach Booths takes toward the sustainability of its commercial vehicles is one that ties in very closely with Carrier Transicold’s own outlook,” said Geoff Fearnley-Hill, national key account manager for Carrier Transicold UK. “Introducing Eco-Drive, the Vector eCool and Carrier’s engineless systems will play a key role in reducing refrigeration unit fuel costs while supporting Booths’ approach toward reducing emissions across its fleet.”

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