Diesel-free refrigeration is ‘here to stay’

The Hultsteins and Cold Connect Team showed a range of environmentally sustainable diesel-free systems at this year’s CV Show which, say the manufacturing partnership, set a new standard in low-cost, highperformance transport refrigeration. Since then, two new Volvo FH units have been fitted with Ecogen SG25 systems at the Hultsteins’ factory in Sweden: Running the diesel TRU’s by using electric from the Volvo’s truck engine, Ecogen is expected to slash running costs by up to 85%, while bringing maintenance costs down by 50%. Furthermore, noise will be significantly reduced.

Embracing hydraulic technology, which draws energy from the truck engine and converts into power to drive the refrigeration unit, Hultsteins has incorporated its long-term UK manufacturing partner Cold Connect to produce a unique range of on-board power-generating units for single and multi-temperature goods transport.

Reducing fuel costs, on average by up to 60%, the Hultsteins/Cold Connect systems work with rigid truck and tractor engines to cut Co2, NOx and particulate emissions, while significantly reducing maintenance and complying with urban emissions regulations – unlike conventional diesel-driven refrigeration units.