Tesco is using a fleet of 30 new electric vans with Thermo King E-200 refrigeration units to provide zero-emission deliveries in Greater London.
The fleet of LDV EV80 were revealed last month after the supermarket giant said its home delivery vehicles will all be fully electric by 2028 and Thermo King has now announced details of its refrigeration units, which ensure fresh produce is delivered in optimum condition.
As the E-200 units are inverter-driven, unlike typical direct drive solutions designed for diesel combustion engines, they can deliver constant capacity independently from the vehicles’ engine, and can seamlessly work with electric and engine-powered vehicles.
It can also means they can vary the electricity flowing to the refrigeration unit, providing the exact cooling or heating capacity needed to control the temperature, while also increasing efficiency.
“The E-200 units were designed to bring constant capacity and the intelligent power management needed to exploit the opportunities presented by fully-electric commercial vehicles,” said David O’Gorman, regional sales director at Thermo King. “Our units are ready for the last mile, the distribution centre and everything in between. By fitting Tesco’s new LDV electric vehicles with the E-200 units, we unlocked low noise and low emission zones to any delivery. We’re happy to be part of this project and working together with Tesco for a sustainable tomorrow.”