In a Co-Creation approach, Mercedes-Benz Vans has developed, together with the building manufacturer Kerstner, on the Basis of the eVito the “Arctic Fox”. As a specialized eGrocery vehicle for the urban space, he has an electric drive and an electrically driven cooling system, so that food can be locally emission-free delivered.
In the case of battery electric vehicles with additional electrical components, usually strong of the reach at the expense. For this reason, a large and heavy additional battery for the cooling unit is electrically driven refrigerated vehicles previously required, reducing the loading weight and volume of the Transporter. The “Arctic Fox” is based on the idea to use the eVito existing electrical energy for the active cooling. The particularly energy-efficient cooling system C106EA of Kerstner in the Van-on-Board is integrated network. As a result, the as a buffer of the necessary additional battery can be minimized.
In the result, the “Arctic Fox“ three operating modes, which ensure a continuous cooling during the entire delivery process:
a) a Cooler on the power grid, for operation of the system during the loading of the vehicle in the Hub,
b) a cooling while driving on the on-Board network and thus the high-voltage vehicle battery, and
c) a cooling during the delivery of the goods, or breaks through a built-in buffer battery.
In order to reduce at the same time the energy consumption of the cooling system, the Kerstner insulation of the load compartment a particularly low K-value of 0.30 W/m2K. By the construction of the entire cooling system in the Underfloor area, there are no spatial restrictions in the loading area beyond.
Already in September 2019, the “Arctic Fox” in a four-week pilot project with a eGrocery provider, its suitability for daily use and is now officially available for order. For a further optimization in daily practice, the use of another test with the Online supermarket Lieferladen.de now. This can operate with the vehicle provided his – due to the current Situation – have exploded in demand for direct delivery of locally emission-free.
Lieferladen.de provides free in Stuttgart for more than four weeks, mainly regional and organic food as well as Goods of an ordinary super market with the “Arctic Fox” locally emission-door-to-door. Daily tours were driven to almost 100 kilometres in length, with 19 stops, and up to almost 30 doorways of one to two minutes. The temperature was always kept in the set range, to ensure a best possible goods quality. In the course of the cooperation lieferladen.de directs the daily number of trips, the distance traveled, the range of the battery and other relevant data of Mercedes-Benz Vans. Here the data will be collected and evaluated to provide additional insights for the further development of the Mercedes-Benz eVito and other electro-winning vehicles.
“With the “Arctic Fox” we take account of the different challenges in the Transport of temperature-sensitive goods in urban areas in a sustainable manner.“, as a Christian Egermeier, project Manager and Manager of industries, Trade & eGrocery, Mercedes-Benz Vans. “By the electric drive and the electrically operated cooling system in our eGrocery can deliver customers food locally emission-free. Thanks to the active cooling, you can forgo the additional Disposable cooling pads or dry ice and the load of any space. The combination of ecological and economic efficiency of our eGrocery customers super – we are very happy.“
John Kunkel, CEO of Lieferladen.de: “After four weeks of piloting the vehicle, we can draw a very positive balance sheet. Three factors inspired me, particularly The extremely high satisfaction of our driver, the high quality cooling expansion and in the Test range achieved. This moves us to draw a direct Acquisition of the pilot vehicle in consideration.“
Lieferladen.de is the Online supermarket for fresh, local food in the regions of Stuttgart and Ulm. Lieferladen.de to all orders in refrigerated vans, by themselves and without any subscription requirement.
Source: Daimler AG
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