Thermo King tests fully electric refrigerated pharma van

BELGIUM: Transport refrigeration company Thermo King has announced a collaboration with Mercedes-Benz AG to create a fully electric, refrigerated Mercedes-Benz eSprinter van.

The prototype van will be designed for last mile urban delivery of pharmaceuticals and medicines and feature Thermo King’s all-electric E-200 refrigeration unit and new lithium-ion battery. Combined, the E-200 and the Li-ion battery are designed to deliver independent and constant capacity ensuring an unbroken cold chain even while the driver stops for delivery or break.

The first rounds of testing with the van have already been completed. Over the period of four weeks, the vehicle drove more than 2000km maintaining the temperature of the load compartment between 15ºC and 25ºC.