A Thermo King E-200 refrigeration unit mounted on a MAN eTGE van belonging to the Fraikin Group, an European rental and transport solutions company with a large vehicle fleet. These are the ingredients of a pioneering and fully electric refrigeration project in Belgium. Indeed, Fraikin wanted to give their customers the opportunity to experience the zero-emission, electric refrigerated transport, and test how the latest innovations can improve their everyday operations. To collaborate on the project and find the most suitable refrigeration solution for the electric MAN e-TGE van, Fraikin reached out to Thermo King and Gradius, Thermo King’s authorized dealer with locations in Belgium and Luxembourg.

Thermo King E-200 unit

Thermo King E-200 refrigeration unit, being inverter driven, delivers constant capacity and can seamlessly work with electric-powered vehicles. The unit’s patented power management contributes to lower energy consumption, increased vehicle autonomy and higher efficiency and reliability. To ensure hold-over capacity and that the electric vehicle could operate fresh and frozen deliveries 8 hours per day, the van was fitted with additional 11 kW battery pack.

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Statements from Fraikin and Thermo King

«Sustainability is very important for Fraikin. We have felt a certain responsibility to introduce the vehicle to our short-term rental fleet to give more clients the possibility to experience and convince themselves to the new technology,», said Cyriel Vrijders, Commercial director Benelux at Fraikin. «Since the onset of the project, many major operators of fresh and frozen deliveries had the chance to evaluate how that solution fits their type of operations – the distances they cover, the number of door openings per day etc. Today apart from the demo vehicle we already have a number of long-term contracts with different customers that benefit from this zero-emission solution across Belgium».

«Our expertise in electrification has positioned Thermo King as a trusted partner. Projects like this with Fraikin give us pride that our innovations help advance sustainable transport and reduce the carbon footprint of customer operations», said Samer Hawat, area sales and service manager Benelux at Thermo King. «Each of the parties involved in this project, from Fraikin to Gradius and MAN have brought their competences together through great teamwork. That made this new environmentally friendly solution possible and available to transport operators across Belgium».


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