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Woolworths and DP World introduce their first refrigerated e-trailer in Africa

The AxlePower system maintains consistent cooling and airflow inside the trailer even in temperatures exceeding 40°C

DP World logistics group and food retailer Woolworths have become the first in Africa to use the Thermo King AxlePower energy recovery system on the road.

This system is currently in operation on Woolworths’ route between Johannesburg and Cape Town, marking a significant advancement in sustainable transport within the region.

The AxlePower system has shown impressive performance, maintaining consistent cooling and airflow inside the trailer even in temperatures exceeding 40°C. Thermo King clamis over a distance of 15,000 km, the system has run in electric mode for more than 97% of the time, avoiding the use of the diesel engine.

The system did not need to connect to the grid for energy replenishment or battery balancing. Projections indicate that the AxlePower system could save up to 27 tonnes of CO2 annually compared to traditional diesel-powered trailer refrigeration systems.

“This project is a crucial step towards a more sustainable future for Africa’s transport and logistics sector,” said Ronnie Meechan, regional director for the Middle East and Africa at Thermo King. “In South Africa, there’s a growing shift towards electrification and hydrogen technologies as transporters seek to cut fuel consumption. Our work with Woolworths and DP World highlights our shared commitment to reducing environmental impact through innovative solutions.’’

‘’As part of our commitment to sustainability, we are excited to introduce Thermo King AxlePower technology to our fleet,” said Feroz Koor, Woolworths Holdings Group Head of Sustainability. “Following the rollout of our electric online delivery vehicles last year, this initiative aligns with our Vision 2025+ goal to have net zero carbon emissions by 2040 and ambition to create a more sustainable and efficient supply chain while reducing our carbon footprint.’’

‘’We are proud to usher in a new era of energy-efficient and environmentally conscious refrigeration,” Esha Mansingh, Head of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability for sub-Saharan Africa at DP World.

“This initiative aligns with DP World’s sustainability strategy, ‘Our World, Our Future’, which ensures that we operate as a responsible business, prioritising sustainability and impact on people, the environment and the communities in which we operate to achieve a better, more socially equitable and sustainable future. This trailer demonstrates transformative logistics technology that can help revolutionise the way we refrigerate goods on our roads. Thermo King AxlePower represents a significant step towards achieving sustainable and responsible logistics practices.’’

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