Ferytrans powers fleet with Ecogen systems 05 October 2023

Ferytrans Hultsteins’s Ecogen systems (image credit: Hultsteins)

Southampton-based Ferytrans has ordered Hultsteins’s Ecogen systems, which, connected to six Scania compressed natural gas (CNG) tractors, will power its trailer refrigeration units.

Ferytrans is a provider of temperature-controlled transport and the owner of BigFoot Logistics. The two companies operate 40 Scania tractor units and 65 dual temperature trailers. They work for retailers and brands, including Amazon, Tesco, and Pork Farms. The new CNG Scanias will be put to work for Lidl.

Ecogen is an electric-hydraulic drive system that transforms diesel fridge units into electric operation when coupled to the tractor. It uses an engine PTO from the tractor engine to generate a constant 400V of electric to run the built-in electric motor in the fridge during transit. Hultsteins also provide a bespoke battery pack to keep the trailer fridge running when parked.

Feri Lazar, managing director at BigFoot Logistics, said: “Sustainability and carbon reduction are key drivers for our customers. These gas-powered tractors will reduce our carbon emissions by around 80%. Plus, by fitting Ecogen to run the trailer fridges on electric, we will further reduce carbon emissions by around 17 tonnes per vehicle combination per year.”

Graham Usher, managing director at Hultsteins, UK and Ireland, said: “Ecogen Cost Saver is a sustainable and retrofittable refrigeration solution. It allows operators to run their trailer fridge units on electric, thereby cutting carbon emissions by around 80%, DPM by 98% and NOx by 400%. It also reduces R&M on the fridge diesel engine and cuts running costs.”

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