UK’s first refridgerated electric truck deployed by 366311 August 2011

UK’s first refridgerated electric truck deployed by 3663

Food distributor 3663 has become the first operator in the UK with an electric truck with a refrigerated body on its fleet.

The 12-tonne Smith Newton vehicle is running out of 3663's Battersea depot in South London, as part of its long-term commitment to reducing carbon emissions.

The Newton for 3663 can transport up to three tonnes of goods and has a range of up to 100 miles on a single charge. The 120kWh lithium-ion battery pack is recharged overnight and is also robust enough to take a top-up charge.

The vehicle's fridge unit uses cold plate technology, where the body is plugged in and chilled overnight, ready for daytime operations. This means that the refrigeration process does not impact on the Newton's daily range capabilities, as it draws no power from the truck's traction batteries during use.

"We're excited to have launched our first electric vehicle to run within the Battersea commercial fleet because it has so many benefits for us and our customers," says Joanna Pegg, fleet controller at 3663. "These green trucks are not only quicker and easier to maintain, but they also create zero tailpipe pollution – meaning no nitrogen oxide, no carbon monoxide and no carbon dioxide is emitted from the vehicle. It also runs very quietly, reducing the level of noise pollution."

John Challen

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