Vancouver, Reefer Van Ford (Ice Delivery)


Introduction:

A Ford E350 refrigeration van retrofit sold to a customer in Vancouver, British Columbia, who will be using it for ice deliveries throughout the lower mainland. The reefer van retrofit was done by Cool-it using an electric unit, VAR300TB from Volta Air Technologies

User’s Application:

The company using the reefer van wanted a van for a 24/7 ice delivery service, at first they were hoping to use the unit as temporary storage but after some simple cost analysis the driver soon realized he would be working those muscles loading and unloading more regularly. Still the customer opted to include a stand-by option because of the low cost to integrate to a completely electric unit, being able to pre-cool your vehicles refrigeration compartment from the wall can save thousands of dollars in fuel and vehicle repairs / downtime from idle prevention.

Retrofit Information:

The vehicle was sprayed with 2” closed cell polyurethane foam, giving a R-value of approximately 13 Km²/W. The foam is finished with a white finished FRP (fibre-reinforced plastic) paneling and caulked in all the seams to keep the moisture away from the foam and air inside the compartment. After the floor framed and insulated a chequered aluminum flooring was secured to make for easy loading and unloading of skids.

Note: It is important to know your application, sometimes a user will be loading skids that have nails or sharp objects poking out in every direction. Now let’s pretend a rubber floor was used for the finish, it would start to resemble a cheese grater in the first couple months, now I mean if you are a dairy farm that might be fit your companies “image”

Reefer System:

The reefer unit is from Volta Air Technologies, which is a company that is based out of Vancouver British Columbia. With over 50 years of HVAC experience they have designed and developed an all electric refrigeration unit that can be easily integrated to most vehicles’ electrical system for power. The unit used in this case was the VAR300TBLi which can provide cooling “down” to -8 °C (18° F) in a compartment from 8-12m3 (280-420ft3)

 

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