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Thermo King cools K Group’s fully electric-powered food deliveries in Finland

Thermo King’s electric E-200 refrigeration unit has been successfully tested for food delivery operations in Finland.

K Group has been piloting the use of fully electric trucks and vans as part of its efforts to reduce emissions and achieve carbon neutrality by 2025.

For their last mile grocery delivery operations they chose the new electric-powered MAN eTGE and equipped it with the E-200 multi-temperature refrigeration unit from Thermo King.

K Group is one of the biggest retail operators in Northern Europe, with over 1,500 grocery stores in Finland under the Kesko Food brands: K-food, K-Citymarket, K-Supermarket and K-Market.

“In an urban environment, the zero-emissions and quiet operations offered by electrified transport deliveries are particularly looked forward to by the residents,” said Eneko Fernandez, product leader at Thermo King.”

“We are proud of working closely with retailers as the K Group and helping them make sustainable all-day and nighttime deliveries a reality.

“Electric-powered delivery vans like MAN eTGE, coupled with the E-200 confidently meet current and future sustainability targets throughout the cold chain and allow customers to operate in areas with the lowest Urban Access Requirements (UVARs).

The E-200 units, being inverter driven, unlike typical direct drive solutions designed for diesel combustion engines, deliver constant capacity and can seamlessly work with electric-powered vehicles like the MAN eTGE. The units feature patented power management that contributes to lower energy consumption, increased vehicle autonomy and higher efficiency and reliability.

Vesa Ylikotila, fleet manager at Kesko Logistics said: “With this project, we wanted to test the electric MAN eTGE in daily operations and gain real-life user feedback from these trials. We chose Thermo King’s E-200 unit to refrigerate the van as we were looking for a quiet, sustainable delivery solution – fully powered by electricity. Months of operation proved we made the right choice.”

Thermo King is represented in Ireland by Ballinlough Refrigeration.