CM reader research: do you keep your fleet in tip-top shape?

CM is researching the different ways that hauliers keep their fleets roadworthy ahead of a white paper looking at latest trends in maintenance, parts purchasing patterns and tyre management.

We’re interested in whether hauliers prefer to maintain their trucks in-house or use the expertise of a third party; key factors when it comes to picking and purchasing the right tyres for each vehicle; and trends around parts procurement.

The results will help shape some exciting reader research which we look forward to sharing with you.

If you have five minutes to spare, we’d be grateful if you could help us with this research by filling in this simple online survey.

As a thank you for your time, you will be entered into a prize draw to win £250 and a donation will be made to industry charity Transaid for every completed survey received by Tuesday 27 April.

Gist trials Vector eCool electric trailer

Gist has begun a trail of the Vector eCool electric refrigerated trailer. The engineless trailer system developed by Carrier Transicold and Gray and Adams is a 13.6m fully-electric trailer and is being used for store deliveries of fresh and chilled foods to well-known UK supermarkets.

An under-mounted battery powers the refrigeration system kinetic energy generated while driving is transferred through the trailer’s axle to recharge the battery pack and power the fridge unit creating a fully autonomous system that produces no direct carbon dioxide or particulate emissions.

The fridge system is also said to be lighter than the standard fridge and fuel tank and without the need for an engine is also quieter than other cooling systems making it suitable for overnight urban deliveries.

Mick Pethard, Gist head of engineering, said: “We are always keen to trial new technologies, and this is an exciting new product for us to explore. We’ve partnered with Carrier refrigeration for a number of years to help us on our journey to improve fuel efficiency and Gist’s sustainability.”