Tesco, the UK retailer and one of the world's leading international retailers, is in the process of replacing its truck and trailer fleet with quiet and environmentally responsible solutions from Thermo King, a manufacturer of transport temperature control solutions for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand.
By the end of 2013, Thermo King will equip 137 Tesco truck and trailer units in the United Kingdom and Ireland with triple temperature SLXe Spectrum and dual temp T1000 Spectrum units, both with Whisper™ technology for minimum noise pollution.
"Thermo King SLXe and T series units have been designed with low noise, low emissions yet high performance, fuel efficiency and ease-of-use in mind, that together with an extensive service and aftermarket network were the features that Tesco has been looking for," said Steve Williams, UK sales manager at Thermo King. "We are happy to be part of the Tesco truck and trailer fleet that is on the road to meeting their ambitious environmental goals."
Tesco has set an ambitious goal to become a zero carbon retailer by 2050, as well as a number of demanding interim targets to reach by 2020 to reduce their carbon emissions in operations, in the products sold and by helping their customers to do the same.
To achieve these goals, in 2007 Tesco launched the "F Plan" strategy in the UK to limit the distribution emissions per case of goods delivered and underpin every operational efficiency activity within Tesco Distribution. Since the introduction of the "F Plan" in the UK, Tesco has saved 56 million litres of diesel, nearly 150,000 tonnes of CO2 and taken 117 million miles off the road. At the beginning of 2012 Tesco set a long term target to reduce carbon emissions per case delivered by 25 percent by 2020 against a baseline of 2011/12.
The Thermo King SLXe Spectrum and T1000 Spectrum solutions selected by Tesco for the 2013 fleet replacement plans meet the customer's business and environmental requirements with their whisper-quiet operations and focus on lowest fuel consumption and reducing emissions while maximising performance.
The Thermo King SLXe Spectrum units are the market-leading solution for day or night-time distribution of goods and perishable products. The units are ideally suited to operating in an urban environment offering substantial reductions in exhaust emissions, operating noise and waste.
The Thermo King SLXe units offer the lowest environmental impact available on the market today. With the Whisper™ technology the SLXe Spectrum units supplied to Tesco are the quietest conventional trailer units at both high and low speed currently available in the market.
The Thermo King T1000 Spectrum truck refrigeration units are equipped with the new range of GreenTech engines that reduce emissions, waste and noise pollution, exceeding all known requirements, including the most stringent European Union (EU) standards.