EV Cargo’s temperature-controlled logistics company NFT Distribution is set to cut fuel use and emissions with the addition of 40 new aerodynamic Schmitz Cargobull fridge trailers to its fleet.
The new trailers feature a light and robust semi chassis, which weighs significantly less than a full chassis trailer. This increases payload potential, offering operational benefits and reducing NFT’s impact on the environment.
In addition, a heavy-duty, self-supporting floor means the trailers sit 85mm lower than traditional units helping to reduce drag and further cut fuel consumption.
The trailers have also been equipped with aerodynamic body kits, including side skirts and roof diffusers because they will be used primarily for motorway and trunking work. NFT expects these additions to further reduce emissions by up to five per cent.
David Seaton, NFT Distribution Fleet Engineer, says: “Schmitz Cargobull’s trailers are robust, reliable and cost-effective so will reduce downtime for us, and the light chassis and extra body kits will really help us reduce fuel use and emissions. We’ll be running these trailers for eight years, so the benefits will definitely add up and the trailers will also help us cut our carbon footprint, which is important to both NFT and our wider EV Cargo group.”
Schmitz Cargobull has also incorporated a tyre pressure refill system, which monitors tyre status and automatically maintains each tyre at the optimum inflation level, increasing safety, extending tyre life and further reducing fuel costs.
The new trailers will work across NFT and EV Cargo’s UK network and be used for chilled, ambient and frozen food and drink deliveries, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Established more than 30 years ago, NFT specialises in food and drink distribution and warehousing and delivers 130,000 pallets into UK grocery retailers each week.