As the first major company to invest in MODEC's vans, Laura Wade-Gery — the CEO of the chain's online presence — didn't pull any punches in boasting of Tesco's bold green step forward: "Tesco has made a commitment to significantly reduce CO2 emissions throughout the business, and we’re very proud to be the first company to invest in this new van technology, helping to create a low-carbon society." According to MODEC, its zero-emission vans will each save 21 tons of carbon dioxide a year — a figure they equate with driving 51,000 miles in a standard car.
Each van will be equipped with eutectic refrigeration panels — filled with brines and a refrigerant gas — that will be re-charged every night to retain their low temperature during the day. Compared to conventional refrigeration units, these panels are less likely to leak damaging hydrofluorocarbon gas (HFC).
Another plus: once the vans finally reach the end of their working lives, company officials estimate that over 90% of each should be recyclable.
Via ::AutoblogGreen: Meet the MODEC: Electric Delivery Van (blog), ::MODEC News: First TESCO MODECS hit the road in Shrewsbury (press release)
See also: ::Modec Electric Van Now on the Road