Blakemore Logistics invests in Gray & Adams’ hybrid refrigeration innovation

Food distributor, Blakemore Logistics, has collaborated with Gray & Adams and Thermo King to become one of the first companies in the UK to fit the new hybrid refrigeration technology to 13 of its Gray & Adams trailer units to significantly reduce vehicle emissions.

The Thermo King SLXi is the first hybrid unit on the market, offering the benefits of both diesel and electric power, according to Gray & Adams. The OEM designed and installed BlueSeal air curtains to improve temperature regulation during regular unloading with the aim to reduce food wastage.

The new trailer units are reportedly set to positively impact Blakemore Logistics’ fleet by enabling the transport of larger volumes of produce while reducing the company’s carbon footprint.

“The purchase of the hybrid technology together with the trailer re-design in collaboration with Gray & Adams further demonstrates Blakemore Logistics’ commitment to building a responsible business,” said Blakemore Logistics Compliance Manager, Dave Higgs.

He said that the hybrid trailer units cut emissions by over 90 per cent and will enable the business to deliver into restricted emission zones with ease. “In addition, lower engine operating hours will mean less frequent maintenance, providing further cost savings and extending the life of the trailer units.”

Thermo King Sales Manager Stephen Williams said the refrigeration equipment specialist has been working for years with retail and distribution customers to address noise and engine emissions concerns during deliveries in urban areas.

“SLXi Hybrid is a trailer refrigeration unit combining technologies from Thermo King and Frigoblock, which allows it to operate in zero-emission electric mode and give Blakemore Logistics easier access to restricted, low-emission urban areas,” he said. “The standard connectivity and geo-location feature automatically switches the power between the diesel and electric mode as required lowering their environmental footprint and operating costs at the same time.”

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