Started in 2014 by Denise and Jason Longhurst, the company offers 24-hour provision to operators across the south of England.
As well as providing hands-on service to Hultsteins customers in their usual catchment area, Longhurst will also have responsibility for co-ordinating all repair and maintenance work carried out on Hultsteins’ behalf, nationwide.
Although Hultsteins has been in business since 1959, it only brought its tried and tested alternative to diesel-engined transport refrigeration units (TRUs) to the UK during 2019.
It offers two main products, both of which enable a TRU to be powered by the truck's engine via a PTO. For rigid-bodied vehicles up to 26 tonnes, the Ecofridge Slimline is a fully hydraulic solution, replacing the traditional top-mounted unit with a slimmer, lighter version which also allows vehicle height to be kept to a minimum.
For tractor units and trailers, there is the Ecogen, which uses the same technology to generate the 400v electricity needed to run an existing diesel TRU using its integral stand-by electrical motor.