Wolverhampton rental company Freezerent is offering a refrigerated version of the full electric Mercedes-Benz eSprinter. Converted by Solomon Commercials, the eSprinter is equipped with a fully electric GAH SRF271e refrigeration unit, that is powered by independent lithium-ion batteries, so there is no impact on driving range.
The additional weight of the batteries, insulation, fridge and evaporator have impacted the overall payload, though the van can still carry up to 500kg within its 3.5-tonne GVW.
“Clearly this emissions-free technology is in its infancy and I’ve no doubt that over time we’ll see payloads and ranges increase as batteries become lighter and more efficient,” said Freezerent managing director Lee Dorward.
“There are plenty of environmentally focussed operators out there for whom load volume, rather than carrying capacity, is the key requirement in a temperature-controlled vehicle.”