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Schmitz launches all-electric box body semi-trailer

Schmitz Cargobull launches S.KOe COOL, an all-electric, emissions-free reefer semi-trailer in the UK & Ireland, with e-axle generator.


Schmitz Cargobull has launched an all-electric box body semi-trailer – the S.KOe COOL – in the UK & Ireland. The manufacturer has developed the reefer semi-trailer with e-axle generator to help operators meet increasingly strict emissions regulations.

The S.KOe COOL is equipped with the fully electric S.CU ep85 cooling unit with integrated power electronics, a battery system and an electric generator axle, enabling 100 per cent emissions-free operation. The electrified semi-trailer is also extremely quiet, ideal for early morning and late evening deliveries in urban areas.

Colin Maher, managing director Schmitz Cargobull UK & Ireland, said:

The S.KOe COOL is the perfect choice for businesses who are leading the charge towards a cleaner and greener transport sector. We are delighted to be able to introduce the fully electric semi-trailer across the UK & Ireland, providing our customers with a truly sustainable solution for their temperature-controlled operations.

The S.KOe COOL was introduced to members of the press and hundreds of customers at an event held at the Hilton Metropole, Birmingham, alongside other Schmitz Cargobull products ideally suited to the retail sector, including its M.KO refrigerated truck body and the S.KO CITY box body semi-trailer

Already in operation for more than 50 customers across Europe, last year the S.KOe COOL achieved overall vehicle type approval by the German Federal Motor Transport Authority after meeting all the relevant statutory safety, environmental and production requirements of the EU – making Schmitz Cargobull the first manufacturer to gain type approval for a fully-electric refrigerated semi-trailer with an e-axle.

Its electrically operated S.CU ep85 cooling unit is designed to cool and heat freight without generating any emissions, offering a cooling output of up to 15,800 W and a heating output of 10,500 W. Batteries on the landing gear replace the diesel tank and also offer customers the chance to install an extra pallet cage with space for 36 pallets. The payload of the fully electric reefer box body with a battery and electric axle is around the same as that of a refrigerated semi-trailer with a diesel unit. The additional weight of the battery is almost completely balanced out by the removal of the generator.


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