Oakland fleet has all-electric refrigeration

Redditch, UK: Oakland International has fitted Carrier Transicold’s Eco-Drive power supply to all its tractors. Carrier Transicold’s Eco-Drive units have been retrofitted to Oakland’s Renault tractors, and mounted to new vehicles entering the fleet. The system uses a hydraulic pump on the truck engine’s power take-off to drive a generator that delivers the electrical power required to run the Vector trailer fridges.

Martin Pearson, distribution director, Oakland International, said: “Having carried out several trials with Carrier Transicold, it offered a real benefit to move in this direction, not simply for fuel savings, but it also delivered sustainability benefits through further reductions in our carbon footprint.

“As of March 2023 we are now 100% electric when operating our refrigerated trailers to deliver customers’ chilled and frozen goods.”

Scott Dargan, managing director UK and northern Europe, Carrier Transicold, said: “Improving sustainability through innovation sits at the heart of what we do at Carrier Transicold. We are delighted that Oakland Distribution have invested in our Eco-Drive technology, which allows the business to both retrofit their existing vehicles, and fit new tractor units entering service with the system. The electrification of its trailer fleet will provide instant fuel and emissions savings and we look forward to seeing the results.”