Aldi is trialling an all-electric refrigerated trailer as part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions in its lorry fleet.
The trailer converts kinetic energy into electricity to power the on-board batteries as the wheels turn, meaning products are kept cool – all while reducing energy consumption and minimising environmental impact.
The vehicle emits zero carbon emissions and particulate matters like smoke, dust or other substances that are damaging to the environment. It can also be plugged into the electric point at Aldi’s regional distribution centre in Cheshire.
The discount retailer 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,” Aldi UK corporate responsibility director Liz Fox said.
“That’s why we have been carbon neutral since January 2019 and use energy from renewable sources.
“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.”