Coldtainer portable refrigerated and heated containers are a cost effective alternative to a customized refrigerated van conversion or dedicated refrigerated boxed truck.
Refrigerated van conversions
Depending on your business and delivery requirements, upfitting a van with a refrigerated conversion kit creates a robust and dedicated refrigerated transport vehicle.
These vehicles offer excellent refrigerated transport performance but have a high upfront expense and require regular maintenance to ensure delivery uptime.
Once the make, model and size of the van has been determined, adding the refrigerated van conversion is the next step. It requires the installation of an insulated van liner that is custom fit for the cargo area. The liner covers the roof, walls and doors and includes a sealed and durable floor treatment.
Mounted into the roof of the van is an external direct drive refrigeration unit that comes with an internal evaporator. Selecting the right reefer unit depends on the type of cargo that is being transported and the required temperature set-point that must be maintained to safely transport the goods. Other important considerations are the external climate (including temperature fluctuations) and the number of door openings in a delivery day which all influence the performance of the reefer unit.
Refrigerated van conversions come in 4 types depending on the intended use:
Insulated van conversion: for transporting non-perishable goods using basic levels of insulation (approx. 50mm thick) in the cargo area that provides minimal temperature control from external and internal temperature variances.
Chiller van conversion: using a slightly thicker insulation, the liner is combined with a roof mounted refrigeration unit and evaporator maintains temperatures between 0°C and -8°C (depending on the reefer unit specifications).
Semi-freezer van conversion: similar to the chiller van, the semi-freezer van uses thicker wall installation and a higher BTU rated reefer unit that can maintain temperatures down to -15°C.
Full-freezer van conversion: these vans utilize the thickest van liners (approx. 100mm thick) including insulated side and rear doors, insulated roofs and specially treated floors with a reefer unit that can pull-down temperatures to -20ºC and even -29ºC if required.
The lead-time needed to order, design and build a complete refrigerated van conversion can range depending on equipment availability. Economic challenges and supply chain delays can further compromise the delivery time of these solutions and subsequently impact fleet operations and revenue.
Coldtainer refrigerated and heated portable containers
Lower Capital Cost with immediate benefits
Ranging in cargo capacities of 22litres up to 915litres, a Coldtainer solution can cost 1.5x to 2x less than a refrigerated van conversion (including liner and reefer unit*). Easy to use and ready to be added to your delivery fleet, Coldtainer portable containers are perfect for mobile or van delivery operations and provide all the benefits of precise temperature control.
Reduced maintenance requirements
Unlimited configurations across any vehicle
From seasonal market fluctuations, peaks and lulls in service, unexpected vehicle damage and regular maintenance, Coldtainers can be easily moved in and out of any delivery vehicle in the fleet as required. Commercial cargo vans which are intended for multiple uses are the perfect pairing with Coldtainers as they offer flexibility when business requirements change. And since Coldtainers plug directly into a vehicles’ 12V electrical system or run autonomous using an onboard rechargeable battery, there is no need to tamper with the integrity of the vehicle’s electrical system. During extended overlay or storage downtime, Coldtainers can be plugged directly into a 120V A/C shore power and remain operational either in the warehouse or at the destination.