CoolKit has developed a temperature-controlled solution for the Kangoo Z.E. Maxi electric van, forming part of its work on designing conversions for battery electric vehicles (BEVs).
The Lancashire-based convertor’s solution for the Kangoo Z.E. Maxi uses a Thermo King B100-20 electrically powered refrigeration unit powered by the vehicle’s own battery, rather than an auxiliary battery, avoiding the need for complex re-charging arrangements.
It means that temperatures can be easily maintained using the van’s battery on the road and when stationary, the unit can be plugged into mains electricity to preserve the temperature on board.
CoolKit already has Kangoo Z.E.’s converted and ready to go right now.
CEO Rupert Gatty continued: “We are also well advanced in developing our conversions for other BEVs, including Mercedes-Benz’s eSprinter, Renault’s Master Z.E., Nissan’s e-NV200, and Maxus’s eDeliver 3 models.”
Gatty said the work would help with fleets looking to future-proof their operations.
He said: “While the core of our business remains traditional fossil-fuel based van conversions, we cannot ignore the fact that electric vehicles are the future.
“We have an increasingly eco-aware population, the Government has pledged to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 and many regional authorities are looking to follow London’s lead and accelerate plans to introduce low-emission zones, known as ULEZs (Ultra Low Emission Zones) and CAZs (Clean Air Zones).
“We want to ensure that we are ahead of the curve in devising innovative and eco-friendly solutions for our customers. And we have certainly achieved this with the Kangoo Z.E.”