EDEN PRAIRE, MN – Deli Express/E.A. Sween Co. was recently awarded Thermo King’s Energy Efficiency Leader Award for a new truck designed to help improve fuel economy by nearly 50 percent while also increasing fleet sustainability, productivity, and cost effectiveness.

Courtesy of Thermo King

Courtesy of Thermo King

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The lighter-weight diesel truck emits 700 lbs. less carbon per month than a conventional truck, according to a report by ARI – Automotive Resources International. Based on the report, E.A. Sween senior management anticipate that the trucks will emit 4.2 ton less carbon dioxide annually.

Thermo King, a manufacturer of temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, handled the refrigeration for the E.A. Sween truck. Other development partners included Isuzu, Johnson Truck Bodies, and ARI.

The sustainable fleet option was pursued when E.A. Sween leadership decided to expand from a traditionally all-frozen transportation fleet with cold-plate technology to one with multi-temperature capabilities, according to the company. The updated solution reflects the company’s commitment to environmental stewardship through fleet sustainability.

Fleet professionals who would like further insight into how E.A. Sween can attend a panel discussion moderated by the company’s fleet manager, Gregg Hodgdon, CAFM, at the 2012 Green Fleet Conference in October, to learn what it took to make the fleet more sustainable. Scheduled panelists will include Scott Bates of Thermo King and Craig Neuber of ARI.