Cenex – the UK’s first Centre of Excellence for low carbon technologies – has announced plans to trial the effectiveness of zero emission-capable trucks and refrigeration units on urban delivery routes.
Funded in part by Innovate UK’s low-emission freight and logistics project, the Temperature-controlled Range-extenders & Integrated Urban Mapping of Pollution (TRIUMPH) trial will see one of the UK’s largest fleet operators, Kuehne + Nagel, trial the effectiveness of low carbon vehicles transporting a mix of ambient, chilled, and frozen produce to Whitbread hospitality brands such as Costa and Premier Inn.
Kuehne + Nagel’s temperature-controlled transport routes will now include four fully electric lorries, two range-extended electric vehicles, and two liquid nitrogen-cooled refrigeration vehicles. The trial is the first of its kind to provide real-world performance data to make the business case for investment in zero emission-capable trucks and zero-emission TCT.
The findings will be shared with UK logistics operators, and used to encourage the industry to invest in low carbon technology for the delivery of food and perishable goods.
“Cenex is delighted to be validating the performance of zero-emission technologies in heavy-distribution and temperature-controlled transport operations,” Steve Carroll, the Head of Transport at Cenex, said. “These two areas are especially challenging for operators to use low-emission technologies, so the industry needs more insight into the real-world benefits and challenges of implementing low-emissions technology in urban logistics operations.”