Burnley-based Coolkit have announced that their refrigerated box body vehicle won Best Van Innovation at the 2018 Van Awards organised by Van Fleet World and Vans A2Z.
Judged by an expert panel, the 18 award categories sought to recognise innovative new products and services which cut costs, streamline operations and contribute to safer, more fuel-efficient fleets.
North West Food & Drink Means Business asked Coolkit to explain in more detail some of the features and benefits of their innovative and impressive refrigerated box body vehicle
So what makes the Coolkit refrigerated box body vehicle so special?
CoolKit evaluated different body structures for a customer within the food industry market, and it came to light that by adopting methods currently being used on panel vans, it was possible to produce a box body vehicle with a better payload than current industry benchmark.
- On the latest fleet of 10 box body vehicles we have achieved an extra 150Kg of load space per vehicle when compared to our closest competitor. The customer was originally quoted a payload of 1050Kg, but with creativity and use of innovative composite materials, we delivered an incredible 1201Kg payload per vehicle.
- To achieve the impressive payload, we have taken inspiration from industries with cutting-edge technologies and turned traditional refrigerated panel van construction on its head.
- We have tried to exploit ideas that we have seen in other industries such as automotive and aerospace and marry them into our industry.
- We have taken away some heavier elements of the construction without compromising on the strength and quality of the product. Over the fleet of 10, that’s 1.5 tonnes more that can be carried – in effect, we’ve given the customer an extra vehicle in terms of space.
- We have challenged ourselves not just to be on par with the competition, but to beat it by some distance.
We looked at the aerodynamics, minimising the overall height so the vehicle can access areas that might otherwise be height restricted for the vehicle type and made the box body look less industrial by concealing the externally mounted refrigeration unit under the vehicle chassis.
- Fitted the top of the vehicle with a cab top deflector and side collars to allow the vehicle to follow the shape of the box body in a uniformed curve.
- Unlike panel vans, which are confined to a specific size and height, the box van is a freestanding structure that can be customised – we are now set-up to build anything up to 2.6m wide and 4m tall, making the vehicle bespoke to the client’s needs. This degree of flexibility is the ultimate tick in the box for our customers.
- Pro-rata reduction on fuel bills, driver bill and road risk.
- Two trips can become one, helping to cut down on CO2 emissions and the customer’s carbon footprints.
- All servable parts of the fridge can be found in the cab for a quicker and cheaper maintenance.