Gray & Adams to unveil new panel van conversion at CV Show

Gray & Adams will unveil an insulated and refrigerated panel van conversion at the Commercial Vehicle Show next week  (April 26-28).

The new van conversion is a recent addition to the Gray & Adams (Ireland) product portfolio, and achieves ATP Class A (chilled) and Class C (frozen) certification.

Capable of reaching minus 20°C in 20 minutes, it is aimed at operators for whom absolute temperature control is critical, particularly those transporting deep frozen and pharmaceutical products.

Features include a GRP skin with polyurethane core for optimum insulation, side and rear doors with raised insulated shells (a modifiable side-loading door is also available) and a polyester-skinned floor which also has a polyurethane core.

The vehicle’s waterproof construction also means it is hygienic and easy to clean, so ideal for transporting refrigerated and fresh products destined for human consumption.

An initial fleet of 34 units is already in service with a high-profile operator.

The manufacturer will also be presenting two DAF LF rigids at the NEC, Birmingham, in the liveries of Castell Howell Foods and Enterprise Flex-E-Rent, as well as a Sainsbury’s trailer.

The insulated box body fitted to Castell Howell Foods’ 15-tonne vehicle has a moveable bulkhead with personnel door, as well as a side door and triple rear doors, with steps to both apertures. Unusually, the Carrier Super 1250 multi-temperature refrigeration unit is operated by a generator which is driven by the engine PTO – on turning off the engine the driver can simply switch to diesel power. This vehicle has been specified for environmental compatibility, the fridge set-up being more fuel-efficient and quieter in operation than a conventional arrangement.

Enterprise Flex-E-Rent’s 18-tonner also has a moveable bulkhead with door, as well as a Dhollandia retractable tail-lift. In a ‘first’ for the fast-growing vehicle rental specialist, which is making its own debut at the CV Show, the truck is fitted with a Frigoblock refrigeration unit. Hydraulically driven by the truck’s engine and offering a very high level of performance, it is ideally suited to intensive, multi-drop delivery operations.

Gray & Adams will be appearing in the Cool Zone in Hall 3a at the NEC, on stands 3D115, 3D120 and 3F130.

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