CoolKit keep setting the standards as the industry-leaders for fridge van conversions by sourcing a solution to the latest Start/Stop dilemma on new commercial vans.

The introduction of ‘Economy Drive’ systems into vehicles has meant that more and more vehicles now feature an engine ‘Start/Stop’ system as standard. Although engineered to enhance fuel economy, where vehicles are required for a special operational role such as those used as Police vehicles, the Start/Stop function is not always a desirable feature for fridge van conversions.

It is possible of course to factory order your commercial vehicle specifying no Start/Stop feature, however if the vehicle is already in manufacturing or if you are purchasing a used vehicle this feature will cause issues with the temperature control of the stock being transported. The operator of the fridge van would be responsible for turning off the system every time the van is in use.

Creating a strategic relationship with a specialist company in the industry, CoolKit can exclusively provide an add-on feature to fridge van conversions which assist with the automatic shut-down of the Start/Stop system every time the engine is started.

Many refrigeration transportation companies suffer from the engine cutting out when the vehicle enters Start/Stop mode, which in turn shuts off the power to the temperature controlled storage at the rear of the vehicle. This poses huge problems as these systems require constant power during transportation to keep them at the desired temperature. By installing this newly introduced interface, it completely eradicates the issue and has proven to be a huge success amongst existing customers.

Most Start/Stop systems incorporate a manual override control but the specification for special vehicles may often require the override to be an automatic feature. Most vehicle suppliers are not able to offer this facility as an option.

The interface is designed to automatically disable the ‘Start/Stop’ function on vehicles where this feature is not desired. Each application is designed specifically for a particular vehicle type and provides seamless control over the Start/Stop system.

Each time the vehicle engine is started, the interface automatically disengages the Start/Stop control so that manually overriding the function is not necessary. The Start.Stop function can be re-instated by the driver at any time during the journey as desired but will automatically cancel again the next time the vehicle is started.

With the Euro 6 engine soon to be launched and more initiatives keep emerging for vehicle emissions, the likelihood is that most or all vehicles will soon be specified with a Start/Stop facility as standard.

“CoolKit have gone above and beyond in providing a solution to a major problem we had with the stop start facility on our vehicles”, comments Dave Thomas, Transport Manager at Metrow Foods of Leigh-On-Sea, Essex.

“The service offered throughout on this has been superb. The stop start solution fitted to our vehicles now means we can run the fridge system without the worry of causing any damage to the vehicle itself and the manufacturers invalidating any warranty”.


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