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Samworth Brothers Supply Chain chooses Carrier Transicold Vector eCool units

Samworth Brothers Supply Chain selects electric Carrier Transicold Vector eCool units to move fleet toward zero emissions

Temperature-controlled distribution company, Samworth Brothers Supply Chain, has become the latest UK business to add the Carrier Transicold Vector eCool unit into its fleet.

The firm has now taken delivery of six of the world’s first fully autonomous, all-electric engineless refrigerated trailer systems that are already operating in 10 European countries. 

A Carrier Transicold customer for 23 years, Samworth Brothers Supply Chain currently operates a 240-strong, 100% Carrier-cooled trailer fleet. 

To improve sustainability and increase efficiency, the business has specified the new engineless Carrier Transicold Vector eCool unit for six 13.6-metre Gray & Adams trailers – after success with a demonstrator unit during a four-week trial. 

Aligned with Carrier’s 2030 ESG goals to reduce customers’ carbon footprint by more than 1 gigaton, these engineless units will reduce emissions for the haulage firm.

‘Seeing the Vector eCool unit in action’

Samworth Brothers Supply Chain’s regional fleet manager, Ian Cooper, said: “Seeing the Vector eCool unit in action made making the switch an easy decision.

“It will play a key role in reducing our carbon footprint, helping us to focus on our path to net zero, while forming a vital part of our duty of care to the environment.”

He added: “Of course, given the current cost of diesel, any way to lower our fuel usage across the fleet is also a welcome bonus.”

The Vector eCool unit combines Carrier’s E-Drive all-electric technology with a new cutting-edge energy recovery and storage system. 

This system converts the kinetic energy generated by the trailer axle and brakes into electric power, which is stored in a battery pack that powers the refrigeration unit – a loop that creates the industry’s first fully autonomous system, producing no direct carbon dioxide (CO2) or particulate emissions. 

A further order for 20 more Vector eCool-equipped trailers

Mr Cooper said: “We’re excited to see how the initial six units perform and hope to place a further order for 20 more Vector eCool-equipped trailers next year.

“Carrier’s commitment to innovation has kept us coming back year after year, it continually delivers superbly engineered and ultra-reliable new products, and we have no doubt that will continue with the eCool.”

Founded in 1998, Samworth Brothers Supply Chain provides temperature-controlled distribution services to companies within the Samworth Brothers Group, and to other chilled food manufacturers and retailers.

The new trailers will be put through their paces, with each expected to clock up around 250,000 kilometres per year, operating out of the firm’s Penrith and London depots. 

They replace older assets and form part of a larger order which includes 19 additional Carrier Transicold Vector HE 19s, which will be mounted to new Gray & Adams double-deck trailers.

The all-electric Vector eCool is also PIEK-compliant, which combined with its emissions performance, means that the system offers the ultimate solution to tightening inner city and urban regulations.

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