Serco recently delivered more than 50 new trailers and replacement bodies to Shoprite all featuring a new Solar powered system designed to eliminate truck idling. Previously it was necessary to keep the truck idling in order provide sufficient power for the rear mounted tail lift used for offloading at multiple stores.
With the solar panels this is no longer required, eliminating approximately two to four hours per day of idling for each trailer, thereby saving approximately 1600 litres of fuel per annum. Further benefits include eliminating the electrical cable connecting the truck and trailer to power the tail lift as well as reducing the workload on the truck alternator and starter motor which no longer have to work excessively to cope with the required power draw.
The solar powered system is available through Serco and is in line with our objective to reduce carbon emissions for transporters and provide winning solutions to our customers.