Danish Crown refreshes fleet thanks to Salford Van Hire

Chilled meat supplier Danish Crown has refreshed its fleet with the help of Salford Van Hire and electric refrigeration specialist Hultsteins.

Danish Crown’s UK heavy vehicle fleet comprises eight 13.6m refrigerated trailers and five DAF tractor units. They have been supplied by Salford Van Hire on a five-year contract hire agreement and became one of the latest targets of the food supplier’s sustainability efforts having turned to Hultsteins’ Ecogen range, which transforms existing diesel transport refrigeration units (TRUs) to electric

“It’s a modern fleet, and the company is constantly looking at how it can improve its carbon footprint,” explained Steve McNally, Salford Van Hire’s contracts and fleet engineering director.

“We looked at a series of options, including the trailer fleet, which was fairly new, so it wasn’t practical to change the refrigeration units themselves. Also, if your starting point is the tractor unit, then it’s quite difficult to make significant changes, particularly with newer vehicles, so we needed to consider alternatives.”

The system is fitted to the tractor unit and runs off the engine’s power take-off generating 400 volts and connects to the fridge motor via a five-pin plug.

“Environmental ‘best-practice’ has for many years formed an integral part of the Danish Crown business,” Danish Crown site director, Mark Simmons said.

“In addition to the fuel savings we expect to make - over 85% less expenditure on fridge diesel - we will also be slashing our CO2 emissions: given that every litre of diesel burned, produces 2.65kgs of carbon and our fridges will now run mostly on electricity from the Ecogen systems, we will be reducing emissions by around 50 tonnes every year.”

“The Ecogens represented a simple way to reduce CO2, because we could fit them to the company’s current trailer pool. The big benefit, compared with a lot of other electric options, is that it doesn’t matter what trailer you pull. There’s no issue with matching up at all, and it will work with most late model fridge units with a simple adjustment,” Simmons added.

Danish Crown’s entire articulated fleet has been equipped with Hultsteins’ Ecogen units since early May.

GBA Services get 10 new Iveco S-WAYs

GBA Services has taken delivery of 10 new 480-horsepower diesel Iveco S-WAY 6x2 tractor units with mid-lift axles.

The AS440S48TX/P trucks are the first Ivecos to join the 200-strong fleet with the S-WAY part of a fleet refresh of 50 new trucks with 40 trucks being de-fleeted.

The units have been specified with the driver in mind, with a large fridge with cool box, sunroof, leather steering wheel, leather heated and air-conditioned driver’s seat, a leather heated, air conditioned, swivelling passenger seat, external sun visor, air horns, automatic climate control, night heater and nighttime safety lock plus a 7’’ Infotainment system with sat nav.

On the outside there are Alcoa Diamant alloy wheels, LED headlamps with cornering and bending fog lights, LED rear lights, an electric cab tilt and additional under cab storage.

GBA has opted for the high roof AS sleeper cab with twin bunks and cab air kit with corner fins to improve aerodynamics.

“We are currently expanding and renewing the fleet as the business grows and when the Iveco S-WAYs became available they fitted in perfectly with what we needed. The Iveco brand is a new addition to our fleet and the drivers were really keen to get behind the wheel of the new S-WAY. Feedback from them has been extremely positive. Opting for the bigger AS cab has also meant more living space for the driver when they are away from home,” explained Mike Brown, GBA’s head of fleet and compliance.

The IVECO S-WAYs have been put to work on a contract with a national retailer which involves trunking double deck trailers between distribution centres in Amesbury, Wiltshire, and Sheffield.

The units have been purchased outright from Iveco dealer Walton Summit in Preston with a two-year warranty and are set to cover around 160,000km per year.