Transicold's new system is perfect for Culina Group

Carrier Transicold

Culina Group’s CML Fulfilment & Logistics division has taken delivery of 20 new 13.6m Gray & Adams double-deck trailers fitted with Carrier Transicold’s new flagship HE 19 trailer refrigeration units.

Key features include a redesigned evaporator airflow management system which uses the Coanda Effect, 'sticking' cold air to the roof, which is more beneficial to double-deck trailers. Use of a fully hermetic scroll compressor and economiser helps to deliver a 40% increase in refrigeration capacity during pull-down, halving the chance of refrigerant escape.

The manufacturer also claims the unit will reduce fuel consumption by up to 30%, weight by 10% and noise by 3dB(A), making it quieter than its predecessor.

Mark Matkin, group fleet manager at Culina Group, said: “Carrier Transicold already provides the cooling systems for around 80% of our fleet, so naturally we were confident the new Vector HE 19 would match the high standards we’re used to. The benefits of the HE 19 are huge, both financially and operationally, particularly when you factor in the reduced maintenance requirements. Whenever we specify new equipment for the fleet, we’re looking to reduce environmental impact. One of the first things we noticed with the HE 19 was just how quiet it is; it’s ideal for urban deliveries.”

The Gray & Adams trailers are also new. Stuart Martin, sales manager at the company, said: “Culina has been a valued customer of Gray & Adams since 2001. This made them the perfect candidate for our new 44-pallet, lifting-deck trailer, which we showcased at the CV Show earlier this year featuring Culina’s celebratory 25th anniversary livery. We look forward to more shared successes with both Culina and Carrier Transicold, and to building this important relationship further.”

The new trailers will be used for transport to supermarkets throughout the UK.

Manheim Auction shows price disparity between electric Nissans and diesel alternatives

Nissan eNV200

Manheim recorded a record-breaking £1.2m sales performance after holding its annual pop-up premium commercial vehicle auction for Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions (HCVS), but admits that there is still a big price difference between electric and diesel markets.

The sale of six Nissan e-NV200 electric vans helped contribute to the total amount.

Hammer values between both markets differed: Manheim recorded an average joint value of £12,750, with the EVs achieving “116% of their CAP value and more than double (214%) that of diesel”.

The e-NV200s had completed 11,000 miles on average and were 49 months old. The average value of these vehicles, Mannheim said, “was £10,975 vs £6,000 for an equivalent diesel variant”, showing the gap between the two fuels.

Mathew Davock, director of commercial vehicles at the auctioneer, said: “With the London ULEZ now live and an increased awareness of the planned clean air zones, we are seeing pent up demand for used electric vans. This outstanding result proves the confidence in the used market for the proven technology.”

However, Davock does admit that “with only 6,500 electric vans registered in the UK, these are a drop in the ocean of the 4.3 million vans on UK roads. We are still seeing very few electric vans in the lanes. In the last 18 months, volumes have only represented 0.2% of total vans sold.”

“Historically, the early phase vans were not OEM, such as the Eddison Transit and Azure Connect. As battery range improves and more OEMs develop or build their BEV product, we need some electric price parity to diesel. No doubt used electric vans will be in strong demand in the next 10 years and beyond”, Davock concludes.