UK: The zero-emission Dearman-Hubbard transport refrigeration unit (TRU) is to start a month-long European tour to visit major fleet operators across the continent.
The TRU employs Dearman’s liquid nitrogen-powered engine in place of diesel-powered secondary engines normally used to power transport refrigeration units.
The tour will seek to demonstrate the benefits of the Dearman-Hubbard TRU in terms of being zero-emission, quieter than diesel TRUs, and having a fast pull-down time.
Fitted on a Paneltex trailer, the European tour will showcase the Dearman-Hubbard TRU to 15 fleet operators and logistics firms in five countries – Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France and Belgium.
With air pollution moving up the agenda, an increasingly tough regulatory climate for diesel means fleet operators are seeking cleaner TRUs.
The French government plans to bring nitrogen dioxide and PM10 emission in line with EU limits by 2018, and similarly other European cities have set tough air quality targets – Antwerp in Belgium has already banned older diesel vehicles within its “low emission zone”. The Dearman-Hubbard TRU produces no NOx and PM emissions.
Leading UK retailers such as Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer have already successfully deployed the Dearman-Hubbard TRU, alongside global food manufacturer Unilever.
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