Replacing assets from a different manufacturer, the new units feature a light and robust semi chassis, which weighs significantly less than a full chassis trailer. This design increases payload potential, offering operational benefits and reducing environmental impact.
In addition, a heavy-duty, self-supporting floor means the trailers sit 85mm lower than traditional units, helping to reduce drag and improve fuel consumption.
NFT has specified the trailers with aerodynamic body kits, which will also reduce emissions by up to 5%.
David Seaton, NFT Distribution fleet engineer, says: “Schmitz Cargobull’s trailers are robust, reliable and cost effective so will reduce downtime for us, and the light chassis and extra body kits will really help us reduce fuel use and emissions.
“We’ll be running these trailers for eight years, so the benefits will definitely add up in cutting our carbon footprint.”
The trailers feature a galvanised chassis and the trailer maker’s Ferroplast technology for optimum insulation and improved fuel performance for the refrigeration unit.
A tyre pressure refill system monitors tyre status and automatically maintains each tyre at the optimum inflation level, increasing safety, extending tyre life and further reducing fuel costs.
The new reefers will work across NFT and parent company EV Cargo’s UK network, and will be used for chilled, ambient and frozen food and drink delivery, 24/7.