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Keeping It Cold for the Kids

June 17, 2014 in Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Battery School Bus Advocate to Unveil Battery Reefer Truck
With Cold Car Electric Refrigeration Unit and UQM Driveline

California’s Kings Canyon Unified School District is getting set to unveil a 100% battery electric refrigerated box truck it plans to add to its fleet of reefers this summer. The truck is a Freightliner M2 converted to battery electric operation by Electric Vehicles International. It has an electric cold box by Texas-based Cold Car.

Aside from lubricants and fluids, 'There is no petroleum product involved with this whatsoever,' says John Clements of California's Kings Canyon Unified School District. This battery electric refrigerated box truck by EVI is to be unveiled Monday and will enter the King Canyon USD food delivery fleet in August.

Aside from lubricants and fluids, ‘There is no petroleum product involved with this whatsoever,’ says John Clements of California’s Kings Canyon Unified School District. This battery electric refrigerated box truck by EVI is to be unveiled Monday, June 23 and will enter the King Canyon USD food delivery fleet in August.

The new battery vehicle is to be shown at the San Joaquin Valley Electric Vehicle Partnership gathering, hosted by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District in Fresno, Calif., this coming Monday morning, June 23.

The vehicle is EVI’s first fully electric refrigerated box truck, says EVI sales VP Brett Gipe. Like other EVI trucks, it employs lithium iron magnesium phosphate batteries from affiliate Valence Technology. They are Valence U-Charge XP units rated at 99 kilowatt-hours.

Kings Canyon USD Has a Battery School Bus Too

The truck has a 120-kilowatt permanent magnet AC motor as part of its UQM Technologies driveline, Gipe says.

The Cold Car cold box is likewise fully electric. “When you charge the truck overnight, you charge the cold box as well,” says John Clements of Kings Canyon USD.

The EVI reefer will join his organization’s fleet of four (plus a spare) food service trucks, Clements says. Kings Canyon USD also operates a fully battery electric school bus (F&F, March 11).


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