LF&E Refrigerated Transport, one of the UK’s leading specialist refrigerated logistics companies, is joining a growing list of transport companies reducing their environmental impact by adopting Marshall Fleet Solutions’ award-winning 100% solar powered Titan system.
Known for its expertise in delivering pharmaceutical products in compliance with the MHRA and the UK’s strict GDP (Good Distribution Practice) requirements, Leeds-based LF&E has expanded rapidly since its establishment in 2008 and now operates a fleet of over 200 dual temperature controlled light commercial vehicles from a nationwide network of 13 depots.
Last year, the company’s fleet collectively travelled more than 9 million kilometres over nearly 300,000 hours, making over 700,000 deliveries to patients, hospitals and businesses around the UK. As a responsible business with a firm commitment to minimising its carbon footprint, LF&E sees reducing the environmental impact of its operations as a crucial task, especially as the business continues to grow.
LF&E has therefore been exploring a range of options to electrify its fleet while still avoiding practicality issues such as range and charging infrastructure. Since the company has already been working extensively with Marshall Fleet Solutions since 2010, partnering on fleet electrification was a natural fit for all involved.
“We are delighted to be adding a solar powered fridge van to our fleet,” says LF&E CEO Jason Buckley. “Given the practical requirements and demanding operating conditions of our fleet, we needed to find an approach that fits our specific needs. Marshall Fleet Solutions helped us explore a range of options and supported us from start to finish.”
LF&E opted to install the Titan system on a diesel vehicle initially, as this will still substantially reduce CO2 emissions by eliminating the need having to have the vehicles running on “Ignition Key Out” or being plugged in whilst loading or on ferries. The next stage for the company would be to install such a system on a hybrid van, followed ultimately by an electric van. This approach underscores the flexibility of the Titan product, which provides a perfect option for fleet operators who may need to shift incrementally to electrification.
The addition of the Titan system to LF&E’s fleet further deepens a longstanding relationship based on solid fundamentals of expertise and dedication to unmatched customer service: roughly 80% of the current LF&E fleet is comprised of Thermo King vehicles under the Marshall Assist service contract with Marshall Fleet Solutions.
“Our relationship with Marshall Fleet Solutions goes all the way back to the delivery of its first Thermo King vehicle,” adds Jason. “Due to the delicate nature of the goods we carry, minimising vehicle downtime is absolutely crucial. We are always in safe hands with Marshall Fleet Solutions thanks to their thorough servicing, excellent technical ability, and prompt assistance.
“We are excited to take this important next step towards fleet electrification with the Titan system, and are grateful to Marshall Fleet Solutions for their support and partnership.”
“LF&E’s decision is a resounding validation of the strength of the Titan system and our broader approach to providing customers with a wide range of renewable refrigeration solutions. We look forward to continuing to assist LF&E as they embrace electrification within their fleet.” Commented Marshall Fleet Solutions National Sales Manager, Maria D’Andrea.
Further information about the Titan system from Marshall Fleet Solutions can be obtained by contacting the MFS Renewables team on [email protected]