Mile Hi Foods saves with standby electric power

Denver, CO, US: Western food service distributor Mile Hi Foods Company is saving an estimated $85,000 annually in fuel costs by powering it truck fridge units electrically while waiting to be dispatched.

Mile Hi Foods added seventeen 460-volt electrical outlets to its loading docks and installed twenty freestanding receptacles in its yard, so that loaded trailers can be parked and run electrically while waiting to be dispatched.  When taking advantage of electric standby, fuel is conserved, emissions are eliminated, noise is reduced and operating savings of 40 to 70% can be achieved, depending on the price of fuel and electricity at any given time.

Mile Hi Foods is a specialty food service company serving more than 300 national brand restaurants.  Mile Hi Foods began adding Vector multi-temperature units to its fleet in 2007.  Within the past year, Mile Hi Foods completed the infrastructure needed to introduce electric standby at its central distribution centre.

The Vector units are hybrid diesel-electric systems and when stationary, can be plugged into an electric power source, eliminating the need to run the engine and generator.

The acquisition of Vector units to take advantage of their electric standby capability “was a good business decision,” says Tony Taddonio, president, Mile Hi Foods.

“The driving factor was when fuel got up to $4 a gallon.  It made us rethink a lot of what we were doing.  As we considered how we could save energy, we saw the sustainability benefits, too.  This was perfect.  It fit everything we wanted to do.”

Mile Hi Foods calculates it is saving 1,800 gallons of fuel a month by using electric standby, which over the course of a year reduces its fuel expenditure by more than $85,000, enough to pay for the infrastructure investment.

As engine and compressor usage is reduced with the Vector units, Taddonio plans to get two trailer lives out of each Vector unit, rather than replacing them on the company’s normal six-year cycle.

Mile Hi Foods saves an estimated $85,000 a year in fuel by taking advantage of electric standby capability of its Carrier Transicold Vector 6600MT units for loading operations

Carrier dealer CT Power of Commerce City, CO, supplies Mile Hi Foods’ refrigeration units, the latest of which are Vector 6600MT units.  Mile Hi Foods’ eight-state trucking and backhaul operation taps the units’ full range of heating and cooling.  The Vector 6600MT provides the highest refrigeration capacity of any multi- temperature unit on the market and delivers up to 20 percent greater fuel-efficiency than its predecessor.  Its electric heating capability reduces the refrigerant charge by 43%, relative to conventional multi-temp systems.

Based on its success with the Vector units, Mile Hi Foods recently acquired 13 Vector 6500 single-temperature units for its specialty foods operation.  Like its multi-temp sibling, the Vector 6500 is a diesel-electric hybrid with electric standby capability.