Bidfood UK brings its second-generation fully-electric vehicle to London29 September 2020

Foodservice wholesaler Bidfood UK has brought out a second-generation, fully electric vehicle with bespoke insulated body with two separate temperature zones built on a bespoke basis by Gray & Adams.

In London, Bidfood UK has a customer base with high environmental standards that are seeking emission-free deliveries.

In the Netherlands, Bidfood NL has successfully been operating a dual-temperature, fully electric vehicle with a Gray & Adams insulated body. Having learned from these operations, along with its own electric vehicle operating in London since 2011, Bidfood UK’s brief to Gray & Adams involved altering the internal layout of the body, fitting a eutectic refrigeration system from Frigoblock and mounting the body to a 7.5t FUSO eCanter chassis.

Unlike most refrigerated vehicles, where refrigeration is powered by a diesel engine, the Frigoblock eutectic system is charged at the same time as the vehicle batteries, and the stored ‘cold’ refrigerates the vehicle while operating without any impact on the vehicle’s range. The vehicle is also equipped with a chill fan system, supplied and installed by PSR, which facilitates dual temperature operations.

The addition of a second-generation fully electric vehicle to its fleet will see a boost to Bidfood UK’s sustainability credentials. The company’s fleet consists of more than 800 rigid trucks over 7.5 tonnes.

William Dalrymple

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