Judged by an expert panel, the 18 categories sought to recognise innovative new products and services which cut costs, streamline operations and contribute to safer, more fuel-efficient fleets.
Dan Gilkes, editor of Van Fleet World, commented on the event: “The 2018 Van Awards is a celebration of the very best light commercial vehicles and service providers. Attuned by a wide range of manufacturers and suppliers, the event turns the spotlight on those companies that are leading the way, with innovative LCV solutions, both in van manufacturers and in support services.”
“The way the vans are used, particularly in the urban environment, is constantly changing to meet the needs of fleets. Which is one of the reasons that we are not just dependant on van manufacturers, but on the huge technological support network that surrounds vehicle use. That’s why I am particularly delighted that we have had a record number of entries for our innovation awards this year, from telematics to leasing, cool chain to fleet management. Judging these entries was not easy, as there are many highly innovative products and services on offer to van fleets. We face a fast-changing future and companies will have to run to keep up. But, as these awards prove, there is certainly no shortage of innovation and technological development for van fleet managers to choose from.”
The Best Van Innovation category was opened to entries for advancements brought to the market in the past year, which has demonstrably improved their offering to fleets. Here we share our main points highlighted in the application process, to get a real understanding on the innovations within our solution for a refrigerated box vehicle.
By evaluating different body structures for a customer within the food industry market, it came to light that by adopting methods currently being used on panel vans, it was possible to produce a box body vehicle with a better payload than current industry benchmark.
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“For many temperature-controlled van users, payload is king. CoolKit carried out an evaluation of different body structures within the food delivery market and found new methods of construction, with new materials that have saved up to 150kg of load capacity. CoolKit has used honeycomb section, with high density blown PET and sheet-textured GRP flooring to reduce body weight, providing an impressive extra 1.5-tonnes of carrying capacity for a customer with 10 vehicles.”
Our innovative refrigerated box body vehicle will be on display at the CV Show on the 24th-26th April, NEC Birmingham Stand No 3E115 in the Cool Zone. Should you wish to learn more about it do feel free to come over and speak to us at the show, or request a demonstration with our sales team on 01282 770023.