Pioneering logistics firm Bannister Transport adopts Sunswap’s zero-emission technology

Sunswap is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with Bannister Transport. Sunswap will supply the Worcestershire-based firm with the world’s first 100% electric, zero tailpipe emission refrigerated trailer fleet of its scale.  Over the next two years, Bannister Transport will transition its current 40-trailer fleet to Sunswap’s Endurance transport refrigeration units (TRUs) mounted on […]

Sunswap is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with Bannister Transport. Sunswap will supply the Worcestershire-based firm with the world’s first 100% electric, zero tailpipe emission refrigerated trailer fleet of its scale. 

Over the next two years, Bannister Transport will transition its current 40-trailer fleet to Sunswap’s Endurance transport refrigeration units (TRUs) mounted on Chereau trailers, a move which shows a firm commitment to sustainability, alongside confidence in Sunswap’s technology.

Following a successful trial in September, the logistics innovator saw first-hand how Sunswap’s battery and solar-powered refrigeration system could seamlessly integrate into their chilled delivery operations. Endurance matched their longest routes and harsh conditions without compromising performance or uptime. 

A lorry/truck faces the camera from the front-side angle, turning slightly away. The lorry/truck comprises a MAN TGX tractor unit attached to a Sunswap Trailer, with its transport refrigeration unit at the front of the trailer particularly visible, due to the turn of the tractor unit.
A Sunswap TRU and trailer attached to a Bannister Transport tractor unit, during the trial week

The 2-week trial alone effectively removed 87kg of direct carbon dioxide (CO2) and 900g of nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions, while also highlighting the potential that the Bannister Transport fleet will be able to run 80-85% of the time from solar energy. In addition to reducing emissions, this transition will improve operational efficiency and reduce running costs. 

“Bannister Transport joins a growing list of forward-thinking companies that are adding Sunswap to their fleets” 

The long-term environmental impact of adopting Sunswap is significant, with 10-year projections indicating that 40 Sunswap TRUs will remove 2.4 kilotons of tailpipe carbon dioxide (CO2) and 23 tonnes of nitrogen oxides (NOx) that would otherwise be emitted by diesel-powered fridges. The scope 3 (overall) carbon emission reduction is equivalent to taking 98 typical cars off the road each year, with the NOx saving equating to 123 modern diesel cars’ usage per year. 

Impressed by Endurance’s reliability and efficiency, Bannister Transport moved to sign a multi-year deal with Sunswap, eager to lead the charge in sustainable cold chain logistics. The initial Endurance units will be installed on Bannister Transport’s trailers in summer 2024. The entire diesel-powered trailer fleet is then planned to be replaced by September 2025. 

Statements below:

Bannister Transport Owner and Managing Director, Tom Owens: 

We were hugely impressed by the potential of Sunswap’s technology during September’s trial. We’re excited to work closely with Sunswap to help advance transport refrigeration in a more sustainable direction that meets our customers’ growing demand for zero-emissions deliveries, vastly reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and shrinking our carbon footprint. This bold transition is possible because we know Sunswap can deliver the sustainable technology needed to drive our industry forward.

Sunswap CEO Michael Lowe: 

Seeing innovators like Bannister Transport embrace our purpose-built electric refrigeration technology is tremendously exciting. Their commitment to transition their entire fleet to Sunswap is a bold statement to the benefit we can deliver. Bannister Transport joins a growing list of forward-thinking companies that are adding Sunswap to their fleets, catalysing wider industry adoption of our zero-emission TRUs. We can’t wait to get Endurance on the roads early next year, knowing it will significantly cut Bannister Transport emissions and costs, while delivering the cooling performance they need.