Thermo King is working with Mercedes-Benz AG to create a fully electric, refrigerated Mercedes-Benz eSprinter van prototype for local zero-emission last mile urban delivery of pharmaceuticals and medicines.
The Mercedes-Benz eSprinter Pharma prototype features an all-electric E-200 refrigeration unit and new lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery from Thermo King. Combined, the E-200 and the Li-ion battery deliver independent and constant capacity ensuring an unbroken cold chain even while the driver stops for delivery or break. This is important for maintaining controlled and uncompromised temperature in the load compartment – a critical element to ensure the quality, integrity and efficacy of transported pharmaceuticals and medicines.
“The collaboration between Thermo King and Mercedes-Benz AG to develop an all-electric pharma delivery vehicle will enable our customers to benefit from the best combination of distribution and refrigeration technologies,” said Eneko Fernandez, product management leader at Thermo King.
“Electrification of transport industry is a trend that addresses the noise and emission pollution in cities and urban areas. At Thermo King, we want to challenge what is possible in our industry. Working together with Mercedes-Benz Vans on the eSprinter Pharma, we are developing a local zero-emission refrigerated transportation that will help improve the quality of life, in a sustainable way.”
The prototype van has undergone first rounds of successful testing. Over a period of four weeks, the vehicle drove more than 2000km maintaining the temperature of the load compartment between 15 and 25 degrees C, and successfully delivering pharmaceuticals in and around the city.