Castell Howell has increased sustainability within its fleet after investing in Eco-Drive systems from Carrier Transicold.

The food wholesaler has taken delivery of two Volvo FH trucks, as well as a Grey & Adams trailer with the technology.

As a result, the operator can now drive its Carrier Transicold Vector trailer systems via the trucks’ own engines. 

Therefore, running costs have been reduced and fleet efficiency across the fleet is increased.

Specifically, the trailers are 13.6m-long double-deck models, mounted with Vector HE 19 refrigeration units

Martin Jones, transport director at Castell Howell, said that increased sustainability was vital in the transportation sector.

“As a business, we’re always looking to stay at the forefront of the technology curve,” he said. 

“Therefore, adding the Eco-Drive to these tractor units was an exciting next step for our operation. 

“They will also interface perfectly with our existing Carrier fridge units, giving us genuine hybrid flexibility across our trailer fleet.” 

Eco-Drive is compatible with the electric architecture of Castell Howell’s existing Carrier Transicold Vector HE 19 and 1950 MT trailer units. 

The technology delivers improved sustainability through reduced emissions as well as lower fuel requirements. 

Both of these are key features that are becoming increasingly important with rising fuel costs.

The Eco-Drive power module uses a hydraulic pump connected to the truck engine’s power take-off. 

Then, the PTO drives a generator that delivers the electrical power required to run any of Castell Howell’s Vector units. 

Meanwhile, power is delivered independent of the truck’s engine speed, ensuring 100% refrigeration capacity, even when the vehicle is idling. 

Tony Biggs, key account manager at Carrier Transicold was naturally delighted to see the deal come off.

“Castell Howell has been an early adopter for many of our new technologies,” he stated.