UK-based food wholesaler, Castell Howell, has taken delivery of a Vector HE 19 trailer refrigeration unit, which forms part of a larger Carrier Transicold order aimed at lowering the fleet’s carbon footprint.
The new Vector HE 19 MT (multi-temperature) is mounted to a 13.6-metre double deck trailer – the company’s third – which are all manufactured by Gray & Adams and cooled by Carrier Transicold.
As part of Castell Howell’s continuing sustainability drive, six new 15-tonne DAF LF rigid trucks, fitted with Solomon bodies and Carrier Transicold ICELAND TWINCOOL refrigeration systems, will enter service later in the year. The new vehicles represent Castell Howell’s first use of Carrier Transicold’s engineless refrigeration solution.
“It’s always very exciting to be at the forefront of new technology in our industry,” said Castell Howell Director of Transport Operations, Martin Jones.
“So getting the opportunity to be one of the first companies to use the next-generation Vector unit was obviously something we jumped at.
“We’ve been specifying Carrier Transicold equipment for close to 30 years, so we had absolutely no doubt the new Vector would match up to the high standards we have come to expect. Alongside the engineless options for the new rigids, it really was the next logical step for the fleet,” he said.
The new Vector HE 19’s ultra-modern re-design includes significantly redeveloped internal architecture that cuts fuel consumption by up to 30 per cent, alongside a 10 per cent saving in weight and a noise reduction of 3 dB(A) – which to the human ear equates to a 50 per cent reduction in noise – as well as up to 15 per cent savings on maintenance costs.
“Our trailers operate on intense trunking routes all year round, so the ability to lower running costs across the total life of the unit was a huge draw for us,” said Jones. “The reduction in fuel, weight and maintenance costs will all add up to significant savings over time. On top of that, it’s so quiet we have to keep checking it’s not actually on standby.”
Castell Howell’s six new rigid trucks will also be joined by two new 7.2-tonne IVECO Daily light commercial vehicles, each mounted with Carrier Transicold’s light-weight Pulsor 600 MT.
The new vehicles comprise a mix of additions and replacements to Castell Howell’s 150-strong commercial vehicle fleet. The double deck trailer is expected to cover around 60,000 miles a year, with the new rigid trucks covering close to 40,000 miles on their intensive multi-drop routes.
Castell Howell was founded in 1988 and has established itself as Wales’ largest independent wholesaler. Its fleet transports a range of ambient, chilled and frozen products across Wales and the south west of England.
Last month, UK-based fruit and vegetable supplier, Reynolds, received two new specialist vehicles for operation inside London’s new Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ), featuring Carrier Transicold refrigeration technology.