CoolKit, a leading converter of temperature-controlled vehicles, has invested more than £2.4m in new van stock to counter the delays in global vehicle manufacturing.
Due to a global shortage of semiconductors – caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and a switch to production for home office items – new vehicles have been hit by delays.
To pre-empt this – and ensure it’s ready to meet the most urgent demands of its customers as the lockdown eases – CoolKit has identified and secured more than 100 new vans to be converted to carry refrigerated loads.
The investment furthers the firm’s work to keep fleets mobile in the early days of the pandemic.
Rupert Gatty, CoolKit CEO, said: “By continuing to be prepared in this way we can help to eliminate delays in vehicle sourcing – which is especially valuable whilst there are other delays we cannot control, such as those at the DVLA.
“The first of the new stock is now arriving, and we are ready with a stock of insulating kits and refrigeration units to suit a wide variety of different applications including chilled, frozen and multi-temperature.”
The new stock has been selected to suit all budgets and operations, and includes fossil-fuelled and electrically powered vans from a wide range of manufacturers including Vauxhall, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Citroën, Renault, MAN as well as newcomer Maxus.
CoolKit said it’s also uniquely positioned to incorporate whole-life refrigeration maintenance packages into the price of its vans.