SPAR UK James Hall takes delivery of its first fully electric refrigerated trailer

December 8, 2022 IN THE CATEGORY: Supply Chain

SPAR UK regional partner James Hall’s Transport and Logistics department has taken delivery of its first fully electric refrigerated trailer. It is the first in the company’s fleet to have an electric refrigerated motor rather than a diesel one, and it eliminates diesel costs as well as Co2 emissions from the trailer refrigeration unit.

The new trailer, which will transport products to SPAR stores across the North of England, has had a special green livery put on to it to mark it out from others in the fleet.

While on-site at the company’s SPAR Distribution Centre in Preston, there is a facility to charge the battery and pre-chill the load space.

When off-site, the battery pack provides a five-hour reserve run time to support the trailer’s fridge when it is not moving and when it is without the mains supply.

The investment into the new trailer is part of James Hall & Co. Ltd’s continuous replacement programme and the company’s commitment to running a greener fleet.

Ian Farnworth, Fleet Engineering Manager at James Hall & Co. Ltd, said: “We are very pleased to take delivery of the new trailer, and it looks fantastic in its special livery.

“It is a first for us as a business. The trailer is already delivering savings when out on the road. We will be monitoring its performance with interest over the coming weeks and months.

“While it is supporting a reduction of costs on diesel as an associated benefit, at the forefront of the decision to invest in the trailer is the benefits it brings to the environment.

“We are also aware of an increasing number of cities and metropolitan areas within our patch that are implementing clean air zones, and we are conscious of these factors when making investment decisions.”

Source: SPAR UK

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The UK became a SPAR member in 1956 when SPAR International granted the SPAR licence to a group of independent wholesalers. As a result, there are now five regional partners in the UK. A central office in London provides national marketing and buying services for the group.

SPAR has led the highly competitive convenience market in the UK for many years. Always innovative, the five regional partners continue to grow the brand. SPAR UK comprises independently owned licensed retailers and company-owned stores. These include forecourts, airports, train stations, city centres, and local neighbourhood stores.