Varubud Åkeri AB, a storage and distribution company of Eskilstuna, Sweden, upgraded its fleet with the new V-1000 vehicle-powered units from Thermo King, a leader in transport temperature control solutions.
Conducting deliveries in close collaboration with local municipalities, schools and senior homes, one of Varubud’s paradigms is making its distribution fleet carbon neutral and efficient. For its new Volvo FL truck, it was looking for a powerful direct-drive unit as a sustainable alternative to diesel-powered refrigeration systems. Designed for larger rigid trucks up to 25 tonnes, the Thermo King V-1000 proved to be equally or more powerful as its nearest equivalent diesel units and met all Varubud’s requirements.
“Sustainability and environmental responsibility are very important for us, our operations, and our way of doing business,” said Daniel Johansson, owner of Varubud Åkeri AB. “Our warehouses use renewable energy, our vehicles run on HVO biofuel, and we have a history of successfully using Thermo King’s direct-drive refrigeration units. When we were looking for a solution to refrigerate the larger trucks, the new V-1000 units were a perfect fit for us.”
“Our relationship with Varubud goes years back as they operate a mixed fleet including different Thermo King units. We have been closely supporting them with our service, even in remote locations, and sharing our expertise to help Varubud deliver on their promise to customers,” said Anders Thyselius, application manager, Thermo King Sverige AB. “High cooling capacity and high airflow of the V-1000 will protect their load under the most arduous conditions. And it will do with no CO2 emissions from the unit and lower noise when in operation.”
The V-1000 uses a compressor exclusively developed for Thermo King that, when driven by the truck engine – including CNG, LNG or Biodiesel – produces performance previously unattainable in units of this type. This positively impacts the total cost of operation when it comes to fuel consumption, maintenance costs and productivity, making the V-1000 a competitive investment compared to diesel powered unit with equivalent performance.
“We have several of the Thermo King V-800 units in our fleet, and they have been performing at their maximum capacity to cool our larger trucks’ boxes – practically with no technical issues,” said Daniel Johansson. “As the new V-1000 leverages the same technology as the other units, we had no doubts it would meet our expectations. Also, when compared to the hydraulic refrigeration units, we experienced that the direct-drive technology from Thermo King offers us much lower total cost of ownership. It is quieter, has better efficiencies, less impact on the engine’s fuel consumption and easier maintenance.”