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The wholesaler United Natural Foods Inc. announced it is adding 53 all-electric transport refrigerated trailer units to its fleet located at the company’s Riverside, Calif., distribution center.
The California Air Resources Board is readying zero-emission requirements for transport refrigeration units (TRUs) sold or operated in California by Dec. 31, 2029.
UNFI is removing 53 of its diesel-powered TRUs from operation and using Advanced Energy Machines to rebuild the units to all-electric specifications, according to the Providence, R.I.-based company.
United Natural Foods ranks No. 20 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest private carriers in North America.
UNFI will lease the TRUs through PLM Trailer Leasing for five years while it continues to explore how they integrate into its operations. By operating the all-electric TRUs, UNFI anticipates it will save approximately 135,000 gallons of diesel fuel per year while reducing particulate matter pollutant emissions and greenhouse gas emissions.
The all-electric TRU achieves zero-emission results by using a high efficiency refrigeration system powered by roof mounted solar photovoltaic panels, a wheel-momentum generator, lithium-ion batteries and an auxiliary power unit to eliminate the requirement for diesel fuel to power the refrigeration system. — Transport Topics
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