Aldi has introduced an all-electric refrigerated trailer as part of its efforts to reduce its carbon emissions.
The trailers convert kinetic energy from the wheels turning into power for the onboard batteries, keeping the refrigerators and products inside them cool – all while reducing energy consumption and minimising environmental impact.
Furthermore, the trailer can also be plugged into the electric point at Aldi’s regional distribution centre in Cheshire and emits zero carbon emissions and particulate matters like smoke, dust or other substances that are damaging to the environment – along with low noise emissions.
The trial is part of the discount retailer’s efforts to reduce lower carbon emissions in its lorry fleet.
Aldi is currently trialling more environmental fuels such as compressed natural gas (CNG) and hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO).
From this year, all new trailers will also be fitted with solar mats to help power them, as well as to track the solar energy and CO2 savings they create.
“We want to do as much as possible to reduce our environmental impact. That’s why we have been carbon neutral since January 2019 and use energy from renewable sources,” Aldi UK corporate responsibility director Liz Fox.
“This latest step forms part of this commitment. We already have effective energy efficiency systems in place and are pleased to be taking this one step further by trialling the latest technology within our transport fleet.”