Barnoldswick, UK: CoolVan has won more than £500,000 of government funding to develop a more efficient electric temperature-controlled van.
CoolVan, working in partnership with the University of Warwick, Siemens and refrigeration engineering company, will design a zero emissions fridge van for delivery of fresh food into cities.
The award is among 62 UK projects designed to boost the electric vehicle revolution. The funding from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles in partnership with Innovate UK could unlock some of the biggest barriers to electric vehicle ownership by providing solutions to battery health and charging for urban and rural areas.
Chris Warburton, managing director, CoolVan said: “The hospitality sector relies on daily deliveries of fresh, chilled and frozen food, but the days of the diesel delivery van could be numbered.
“As UK cities seek to build back better and more sustainably post-pandemic, many are accelerating plans to restrict access to traditional internal combustion engine vehicles – presenting a serious challenge to the logistics and delivery industry.
“We have been trialling electric vehicles and low emission refrigeration systems for several years now and have built a number of prototype vehicles.
“The combination of additional funding and the opportunity to work with highly skilled and experienced partners such as Siemens and the University of Warwick will accelerate the delivery of a viable zero emissions refrigerated vehicle to operate safely in cities across the UK.”
Silviya Barrett from the Campaign for Better Transport, said: “This announcement is a welcome step on the road to increasing the take-up of electric vehicles. Innovations like the ones announced today can help stimulate demand and grow British manufacturing in this vital industry.