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Coca-Cola launches first refrigerated truck fleet

By s end, 16 new Smith Electric will deliver chilled products around the Bay Area. electric chillers, the fuel-free is a first and could stoke interest among cold players.

While they up a tiny slice of the automotive U.S. sales of plug-in vehicles are hot: up 147 percent August 2012 and August But at an EV industry event Monday in San the big news from Coca-Cola was The beverage company announced it is a fleet of 16 refrigerated electric which will be used to Odwalla beverages around the Bay

The trucks, manufactured by Smith Vehicles in Kansas City. be deployed by year s end and will the first fully electric truck fleet in the country, Sonya Soutus, Coca-Cola s vice president of public

The beverage company already a number of alternative fuel in North America, including than 650 hydrid trucks as as vehicles that run on compressed gas. But the electric chillers the conventional diesel-powered transport units (TRUs) which a significant source of air pollution in hubs. The California Air Resources is working to better control through graduated performance through 2019.

TRUs are a lawnmower running on top of your said Jim Neu, fleet for Coca-Cola s Odwalla Market

Neu said the Smith trucks eutectic cold plate which chills the air using a of aluminum beams that a refrigerant. The chiller is powered by a system that operates of the electric motor and batteries to power the truck.

Electric-powered truck refrigeration is not it s a 50-year-old technology, said Electric CEO Bryan Hansen. But to cold plate technology made it much more to fleet managers in recent The chiller system is powered while the truck s batteries are

Then, then you use the cold system as your source of inside the truck all day, and you need to run fans to keep the air circulating, said Hansen. You don t to add batteries to the truck, which weight and keeps costs

The trucks can be driven 60 to 80 miles on a charge, depending on the terrain and the of cargo being carried, he Using a 240-volt (level II) station, the trucks should 8 hours to completely recharge. fits into the truck s use as it is can be charged overnight while not on the

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Frito-Lay and other companies use electric-powered trucks for deliveries, but perishable food [such as beverages ] is a specific challenge, Neu. We piloted one of these for 13 months before deciding to the fleet, he added.

That the performed well is important, but a bigger trigger for Coca-Cola s was a combination of Department of Energy and discounts through the California and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Project. While he did not share a price, Neu estimated that these incentives the Smith were roughly $10,000 expensive than comparable alternatives. He expects that savings and low maintenance costs provide a return on the investment the trucks within 3 to 4 years.

Of course, as with any new technology long-term questions are as-yet For Neu, one point of concern is how the trucks batteries will up and how they will be disposed of, or once they no longer adequately in the fleet. Used have shown promise as storage for alternative energy or for electrical grid back-up.

Hansen said it has sold fleets of its electric trucks, but s, which will consist of the Newton model. will be the fleet with electric If you have an electric truck and you add a diesel-powered compressor, it s no longer a emissions vehicle. We see [electric] as a growing segment for us.

The Odwalla will be a demonstration to others, Hansen. When people see committing to this, it will the industry forward.

Coca-Cola news of the fleet during a conference following a private between California Gov. Brown and a group of 50 corporate as part of a Drive the Dream event hosted by the California Vehicle Collaborative .

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