The Renault Zangoo ZE vans are fitted with CoolKit’s lightweight insulated lining and equipped with Carrier Transicold’s ultra-slim NEOS 100 refrigeration units.
The electric vehicles have also been fitted with fibreglass reinforced floor and high-intensity LED lighting. Set to perform within a chilled temperature range of 0°C to +3°C, they offer a payload of 408kg.
The refrigeration units are powered by an autonomous lithium-ion power source, designed by CoolKit. The battery, charged separately through its own charging point, is small and lightweight, and can be incorporated within the vehicle with minimal impact.
The standalone power source provides up to seven hours of cooling power and a range of 124 miles.
Helder Ribeiro, international development director at Petit Forestier, says: “The all-electric refrigeration solutions are the ideal choice for helping us to create a genuine zero-emissions electric vehicle with enough range to carry out most urban delivery operations.
“We want to be at the forefront of more eco-aware refrigerated transport. This is just one of a number of steps we’re taking to position Petit Forestier as early adopters of realistic alternatives to fossil fuels that will help tackle the toxic emissions in our cities.”
He describes CoolKit’ support as “tremendous”, adding: “They fully understand the challenges and want to help us make a real impact.”