Reynolds, one of the biggest fruit and vegetable suppliers in the UK, has taken delivery of two new specialist vehicles for operation inside London’s new Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ). Both feature Carrier Transicold refrigeration equipment and have been supplied by SHB Hire.
The new additions are a 26-tonne Iveco Stralis, with a body from Paneltex, mounted with a Carrier Transicold Icecold 18 Twincool refrigeration unit. A former demonstrator vehicle, it becomes the company’s first engineless refrigeration system in its truck fleet.
It is joined by an all-electric Renault Kangoo van, fitted with Carrier Transicold’s ultra-slim NEOS 100, which also runs on electrical power, and converted by CoolKit. Together, the two systems directly support Reynolds’ plans to lower its commercial vehicle fleet emissions.
Steve White, head of fleet support, said: “95% of our fleet is Carrier-cooled, so when we set out to explore new ways of cutting our emissions, we naturally put our faith in Carrier’s latest technologies.”
Because it runs on the hydro-electric power generated by the engine, there is no need for a separate diesel engine, helping to cut emissions and improve fuel efficiency. The Iceland unit can supply 100% refrigeration capacity even at the truck engine’s idle speed, while keeping sound levels below 60 dB(A) for PIEK-compliance – a combination which makes it ideally suited to the intensive, multi-drop delivery routes Reynolds operates in London.
Operating out of Reynolds’ depot in Waltham Cross, both vehicles will deliver fresh fruit and vegetables on multi-drop routes across central London, in operation up to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Reynolds was established in 1945 and is a family-owned business with a 250-strong commercial vehicle fleet which it uses to supply the UK food service and catering industry.