Wholesaler takes engineless route


18 November 2019
Food wholesaler Castell Howell has taken delivery of six new Carrier Transicold ICELAND TWINCOOL units – the first time it has specified the company’s engineless refrigeration technology.

Mounted to 15-tonne DAF LF rigid trucks, the units derive power from the vehicle’s Euro VI diesel engine. Key to the system is Carrier Transicold’s ECO-DRIVE power module, which uses a hydraulic pump connected to the truck engine’s power take-off. This generates electricity to drive the unit and is capable of providing 100% refrigeration capacity, even at standard idle speed.
Martin Jones, director of transport operations at Camarthenshire-based Castell Howell, said: “We take great pride in being at the forefront of new and exciting technology in our industry, so we were eager to investigate Carrier’s engineless solution. By removing the need for a separate diesel engine we’re bolstering our green credentials and improving fleet sustainability; and with less moving parts we’re also cutting fuel and maintenance costs – it’s a win-win.”

The new units are additions to the company’s 170-strong commercial vehicle fleet and will operate on multi-drop delivery routes around Wales and its border counties, clocking up to 85,000km per year.

“In our 30 years’ experience of running Carrier fridges, we’ve enjoyed great reliability. Even though the engineless technology is new to us, we are confident we’ll still get the same impressive performance, as well as the excellent levels of service and maintenance we’ve come to expect,” added Jones.

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