All-electric S.KOe COOL launched in UK & Ireland


19 March 2024

Schmitz Cargobull has launched its all-electric box body semi-trailer – the S.KOe COOL – in the UK & Ireland. The trailer manufacturer has developed the reefer semi-trailer with e-axle generator to help operators meet increasingly strict emissions regulations. 

The S.KOe COOL is equipped with the fully electric S.CU ep85 cooling unit with integrated power electronics, a battery system and an electric generator axle, enabling 100% emissions-free operation. The electrified semi-trailer is also said to be extremely quiet, making it suitable  for early-morning and late-evening deliveries in urban areas. 
Colin Maher, Managing Director Schmitz Cargobull UK & Ireland, said: “The S.KOe COOL is the perfect choice for businesses who are leading the charge towards a cleaner and greener transport sector. We are delighted to be able to introduce the fully electric semi-trailer across the UK & Ireland, providing our customers with a truly sustainable solution for their temperature-controlled operations.”

Already in operation for more than 50 customers across Europe, last year the S.KOe COOL achieved overall vehicle type approval by the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (Kraftfahrtbundesamt) after meeting all the relevant statutory safety, environmental and production requirements of the EU – making Schmitz Cargobull the first manufacturer to gain type approval for a fully-electric refrigerated semi-trailer with an e-axle.
The electrified Schmitz Cargobull trailer axle recuperates energy during braking, among other processes, extending the cooling unit’s operating time or reducing the recharging time of the battery via the power grid. This also reduces waiting times at distribution centres. An intelligent battery charging management function ensures that the battery’s charge level remains as high as possible to provide greater reliability when the semi-trailer is stationary, such as in traffic jams.

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