High-street bakery chain Greggs has fitted three of its London-based trucks with Thermo King hybrid refrigeration units in an effort to reduce costs and emissions in the capital.
The latter company’s T- and UT-Series systems can alternate between diesel and electric power, so the internal combustion unit can be switched off in the likes of urban areas or low emissions zones.
The switch between power sources can happen automatically if the driver sets up the system before hitting the road.
“Thermo King units have been our systems of choice for several years now. Their units have delivered good flexibility and work efficiency to our operations,” said Richard Penna, group logistics manager at Greggs.
“It is paramount for us to operate in inner cities with as little noise and emissions as possible… these new units can easily switch from diesel operation to electric, reduce the sound level and eliminate emissions. On top of that, we expect to benefit from the lower daily fuel consumption.”