Britain’s largest vehicle rental company, Northgate, has won a contract to supply 130 refrigerated vehicles to Tesco.com, the online shopping subsidiary of Tesco supermarkets.
The supply of the long-bodied Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 311CDI vans on six-year contracts was completed in January, with the vehicles operating from 19 Tesco stores along the M1/M40 corridor in the South and the Midlands.
The chassis fridge tri-compartment vehicles are being supplied to a specification drawn up by Tesco.com.
The vehicles have GAH refrigeration units and Solomon insulated bodies, which enables products to be stored at ambient, chilled or frozen temperatures.
While the refrigerated bodies are being supplied on six-year contracts, the chassis on all vehicles will be replaced every two years.
This will enable Tesco.com to keep pace with the latest available commercial vehicle technology to ensure vans are operating at optimum efficiency.
Tesco.com fleet manager Dino Papas said: “As a high-profile business it is essential that our fleet operates at the leading edge of efficiency.
"This means that vehicles are equipped with the lowest emission and most fuel-efficient engines possible.
“By changing the chassis every two years we can ensure our vehicles are among the cleanest on the roads in terms of engine technology and that rising maintenance and wholelife cost issues surrounding older vehicles are confined to history.”