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CoolKit commits £2.4m to new van stock to help fleets fast-track conversions

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.

Some of CoolKit’s new stock

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.

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.

Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.

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