Africa launches first green reefer

AxlePower technology has arrived in Africa, giving the continent a significant step-up in creating a sustainable refrigerated transportation industry.

The technology has been created through a partnership between vehicle equipment manufacturer, BPW, and refrigerated transportation company, Thermo King. Meanwhile the African initiative has been undertaken by DP World and Woolworths, one of its long-standing South African clients.

“This trailer demonstrates transformative logistics technology that can help revolutionise the way we refrigerate goods on our roads,” said DP World Head of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability for sub-Saharan Africa, Esha Mansingh. “AxlePower represents a significant step towards achieving sustainable and responsible logistics practices.”

AxlePower is an advanced system allows road transport trailers to produce clean and efficient electricity. Through a specially adapted axle, kinetic energy is converted into electricity, powering the refrigeration unit. This innovative technology offers tractor-independent, 100 per cent electric cooling for trailers, using free and sustainable power that results in zero trailer carbon emissions.

“As part of our commitment to sustainability, we are excited to introduce AxlePower technology to our fleet,” said Woolworths Holdings Group Head of Sustainability, Feroz Koor. “Following the rollout of our electric online delivery vehicles last year, this initiative aligns with our Vision 2025 goal to have net zero carbon emissions by 2040.”

To maximise the technology and sustainability benefits, the trailer will operate on Woolworths’ long-haul N1 route, operated by DP World, between Johannesburg and Cape Town.  Over the course of the year, a reduction of 27 tonnes of carbon emissions is anticipated , showcasing the environmental impact and efficacy of AxlePower technology.

In other news, DB Schenker started the year with new leadership announcements.

Send this to a friend