Paneltex helps Asda go fully electric 02 September 2022

Paneltex has built what is said to be the first fully electric home delivery vehicle in supermarket Asda’s fleet, which is now operating out of Watford.

The vehicle, based on a Maxus Deliver 9 chassis cab, will join the 342-vehicle bio-gas heavy goods vehicles fleet and thousands of Paneltex-built vans that are part of Asda’s fleet.

In addition to its fully electric operation and Gah refrigeration system, the van has a 111-tote capacity across ambient, refrigerated, and frozen zones, a central locking system, and both front and rear parking sensor/reverse aid systems. Five more Maxus vans and a Ford eTransit will also go into service shortly.

Sean Clifton, senior manager national fleets at Asda, said: “These Maxus and Ford vehicles are fully electric, producing zero emissions – great for inner-city urban deliveries. Electric vans need more efficient insulation and door systems, as well as a very robust fridge system. It takes lots of innovation and joined up thinking to integrate a body system onto two different electric chassis cabs in a way that incorporates powering all the required electrics and the fridge without interfering with the Ford and Maxus electrical systems.”

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