Creed Foodservice chose the Iceland undermount units because of their ability to run on power derived from the truck’s Euro VI diesel engine via Carrier Transicold’s Eco-Drive power module, which uses a hydraulic pump connected to the truck engine’s PTO.
The variable displacement pump drives a generator, which delivers electrical power to the unit and provides 100% refrigeration capacity even when idling – a frequent occurrence on the urban routes from Creed’s Gloucestershire, Ilkeston and High Wycombe depots.
In addition, removing the need for a separate diesel engine for the refrigeration unit helps to reduce emissions, boosting the fleet’s green credentials.
“These new trucks help to future-proof our fleet and ensure we are using the latest transport refrigeration technology with a much smaller environmental footprint,” said Richard Frost, operations controller at Creed Foodservice.
“When we took into account the benefits of Carrier’s multi-temp, engineless solution, it became clear that this system was perfectly suited to our fleet requirements. The results so far have been fantastic; moving forward I expect we’ll be looking to roll out the same Carrier Transicold systems to any new vehicle in our fleet.”
The new vehicles will be on the road six days a week and will cover an average of 80,000km a year, delivering chilled and frozen produce on multi-drop routes to Creed’s customers throughout the UK.