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Tesco roll out solar panel powered lorries across the south east in a bid to go net zero by 2035

Article Republished By Javier Troconis

Supermarket giant Tesco has announced that it will be introducing HGV trailers with refrigeration units powered by solar panels. The solar panels will be used rather than traditional diesel engine technology.

The first trailer based at the supermarket’s Peterborough Distribution Centre has already taken to the road, with three more trailers on the way later this year. The trailers are roughly 13.6 metres.

The joint initiative with Marshall Fleet Solutions will see each trailer save circa 2,000 litres of diesel per year and over 5 tonnes of carbon per year, according to the brand. Each trailer roof is fitted with 12 Titan solar panels that will power the refrigeration unit.

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Tesco has committed to becoming net zero in its operations by 2035. Last year saw the brand trial electric heavy freight articulated trucks. Additionally, it also launched new delivery vans in Glasgow that are powered by green energy.

Tesco Fleet Engineering Manager Cliff Smith said: “Our distribution network is one of the largest in the UK and will play an important role in our efforts to become net zero by 2035. With our electric HGVs, electric home delivery vans and now solar powered refrigeration units, Tesco is leading the way in electric haulage innovation, helping to tackle road transport emissions.”

MFS Managing Director, Mark Howell, said: “With a significant trailer fleet, the successful use of solar powered refrigerated trailers within the Tesco distribution operation cannot be underestimated, in terms of its significantly positive environmental impact. Both Tesco and MFS share similar sustainability and carbon reduction plans.

“As a result of MFS’s long association with Tesco as approved suppliers of Thermo King transport refrigeration systems, this initiative builds on the strength of this relationship, whilst helping to deliver on Tesco’s global sustainability goals.”

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