Skelmersdale,UK: Fleet management company NRG Riverside has collaborated with Frigoblock to build one of the first battery-electric temperature-controlled trucks to operate in the UK.
NRG Riverside already has battery-electric refuge collection vehicles in London. Working with its partner Electra Commercial Vehicles and Frigoblock they have built four temperature-controlled distribution trucks ranging from a 19-tonne rigid to a 13.6m trailer, all equipped with Frigoblock inverter-driven refrigeration.
All the vehicles are with operators for trials.
“One of our main priorities is to constantly innovate and apply the latest technologies to provide our clients with the most valuable solutions, Sid Sadique, chairman, NRG Riverside said.
“With this electrification project, we wanted to prove that multi-temperature battery-electric vehicles are a viable solution to eliminate exhaust gas emissions, particularly in urban, multi-drop operations, without compromising the cold chain,”
“We chose to collaborate with Frigoblock because, with the electric transport technology being new to the UK market, it was important to work with established partners, and we knew we can count on their proven products and support.”
The vehicles use a Frigoblock EK25R chassis-mounted fridge linked with RE22-2 remote evaporators. The unit uses a Frigoblock inverter to manage the power supply directly from the vehicle’s batteries, without excessive reduction to the vehicle’s range or operational duty time.
“Frigoblock’s units proved to be the most suitable solution for a large battery-electric vehicle. Installation and connectivity with the battery has proven to be straightforward and reliable,” said Gordon MacDougall, technical director at Electra Commercial Vehicles.
“Frigoblock’s existing product portfolio and proactive approach has allowed us to react quickly to our customers’ needs. As more and more operators are going to bring BEVs into service, it’s reassuring to know that there are Frigoblock solutions already developed to suit UK operators’ refrigerated body requirements.“