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CoolKit starts work on ‘milk float of the future’

Temperature-controlled vehicle converter CoolKit is working with The Modern Milkman to develop new vehicles, said to be the milk floats of the future.

Each van offers a payload of 700kg, enabling The Modern Milkman to carry large quantities of its dairy and grocery products

The Modern Milkman provides an app-led alternative to the traditional milk round, delivering a range of groceries and fresh produce, using return and reuse packaging, all plastic-free.

Following recent investment, The Modern Milkman is expanding its demand and delivery fleet and signed up CoolKit to develop its new vans.

Collaboration between The Modern Milkman founder, Simon Mellin and CoolKit identified the Fiat Doblo as the perfect model to meet the company’s needs, converted with lightweight materials, said to radically enhance design.

Following successful trials of a prototype, the first wave of 325 vans are being converted at CoolKit’s Lancashire premises.

CoolKit CEO Rupert Gatty said: “Each van offers a payload of 700kg, enabling The Modern Milkman to carry large quantities of its dairy and grocery products.

“The van’s compact size makes it the perfect solution for urbanised areas and its roller shutter doors ensure minimum disruption for residents sleeping while milkmen and women carry out their rounds during the early hours.

“The vans have a two-section layout with one of the zones providing the perfect insulation against outside ambient temperatures and are each fitted with LED lighting to ensure adequate lighting.”

The Modern Milkman founder Simon Mellin added: “We’re looking forward to hitting the road with a new fleet of CoolKit vehicles as we expand our range of return and reuse groceries and encourage even more customers to think and act in a sustainable way.”

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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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