James Hall, a regional partner of SPAR in the United Kingdom, has announced that its Transport and Logistics department has taken delivery of its first fully electric refrigerated trailer. It is the first vehicle in the fleet owned by the company to have an electric refrigerated motor rather than a diesel one. Not only does this eliminate diesel costs, but it also eliminates the CO2 emissions produced by the trailer refrigeration unit.
A unique green livery has been applied to the brand-new trailer so that it can be distinguished from the other trailers in the fleet and used to deliver goods to SPAR stores located across the Northern region of England.
There is a facility to charge the battery and pre-chill the load space while visitors are on-site at the SPAR Distribution Centre in Preston owned and operated by the company.
When the trailer is not being moved and there is no mains supply, the battery pack offers a backup run time of five hours to support the refrigerator. This is because it is not connected to the mains supply.
The continuous replacement program at James Hall & Co. Ltd., as well as the company’s commitment to operating a greener fleet, led to the investment in the new trailer that was recently made by the business.
“We are very pleased to take delivery of the new trailer, and it looks fantastic in its special livery,” said Ian Farnworth, Fleet Engineering Manager at James Hall & Co. Ltd. “We are very pleased to take delivery of the new trailer.”
We have never done anything like this before as a company. When on the road, the trailer already provides financial benefits in the form of savings. In the coming days, weeks, and months, we will be keeping a close eye on its performance to see how it develops.
“While it is supporting a reduction in costs on diesel as an associated benefit, at the forefront of the decision to invest in the trailer is the benefits it brings to the environment, and while this is an associated benefit, it is not the primary benefit.”
When it comes to making decisions about investments, “we are also aware that an increasing number of cities and metropolitan areas within our patch are implementing clean air zones,” and “we are conscious of these factors.”
Source: SPAR UK
The UK became a SPAR member in 1956 when SPAR International granted the SPAR licence to a group of independent wholesalers. As a result, there are now five regional partners in the UK. A central office in London provides national marketing and buying services for the group.
SPAR has led the highly competitive convenience market in the UK for many years. Always innovative, the five regional partners continue to grow the brand. SPAR UK comprises independently owned licensed retailers and company-owned stores. These include forecourts, airports, train stations, city centres, and local neighbourhood stores.