30 August 2022
UK supermarket chain Booths has significantly committed to lowering emissions across its temperature-controlled fleet with a range of Carrier Transicold equipment, including three Vector® eCool™ units.
Mounted to tandem-axle urban trailers from Gray & Adams, the fully autonomous, all-electric engineless refrigerated trailer systems are supplied along with six DAF CF 4x2 tractors fitted with Carrier Transicold’s Eco-Drive™ power units, allowing the company’s existing Carrier-equipped refrigerated trailers to be powered directly by the truck’s engine.
“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.”
Utilising 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 cutting-edge energy recovery and storage system. This converts the kinetic energy generated by the trailer axle and brakes into electric power, which is stored in a battery pack that powers the refrigeration unit – 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 Carriers 2030 ESG of helping customers avoid more than one gigaton of greenhouse gas emissions.
Later this year, Booths will also add two 26-tonne DAF CF rigid fitted with engineless Carrier Transicold ICELAND MT (multi-temperature) systems. The new assets will allow Booths to operate 70% of its temperature-controlled equipment on either all-electric or hybrid electric power.