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This Custom isn’t just for Christmas

December 21, 2023 / 1 Comments / 199 /

Christmas looks to have come early here at CoolVan HQ.

Ford Motor Company have very kindly delivered the first batch of the Brand New Ford Transit Customs we have ordered.

Now we have finally seen the van in the flesh we are very excited, it really does look superb, you can still tell its a Ford and a Custom at first glance but it has really evolved in to a very classy looking vehicle.

The standard specification has gone up a notch too, the Leader model which you would normally describe as the basic one is anything but with electric windows, remote central locking, keyless start,  Auto LED headlamps including auto high beam, a fanstastic looking and very functional 13″ touch screen all coming fitted as standard. On top of this it has a whole array of safety features including Cruise control with intelligent speed limiter, lane keeping aid, speed sign recognition, wrong way alert, reverse sensors and a collision mitgation system.

Pushing our ready to roll programme to another level in 2024 you could be driving a new Ford Transit Custom fridge van as early as the middle of January, or you could get your order in ready for the new 24 registration in March.

The All New Ford Transit Custom is available for outright purchase or we could tailor a finance package to suit you.

For more information please feel free to use our Livechat, complete an enquiry form or give us a call. we would love to hear from you

Let CoolVan protect you from the ULEZ charges

September 12, 2023 / 0 Comments / 367 /

From August 29th the Ultra Low Emmision Zone or (ULEZ) has now expanded to now cover all London boroughs

This now means that if your Fridge Van doesn’t meet the ULEZ emission standards you could face a daily charge of £12.50, this also includes residents of the ULEZ as well as people entering the zone.

This expansion of ULEZ boundaries to include most of Greater London, combined with stricter emission standards, means that older vehicles are now facing the risk of hefty daily charges. This expansion has a significant impact on businesses that run temperature controlled vehicles within or through the ULEZ zone. Here’s why investing in a new refrigerated van could make sense:

1. Compliance with ULEZ Regulations
A new refrigerated van will meet current ULEZ emission standards, ensuring your business operates without incurring daily charges. Compliance is crucial to avoiding financial penalties and maintaining a positive reputation with your clients and partners.
2. Enhanced Efficiency and Reliability
Our new fridge vans come equipped with the latest technology and improved fuel efficiency. They are designed to minimize downtime and reduce maintenance costs, ensuring that your deliveries remain on schedule and your products arrive in optimal condition.
3. Environmental Responsibility
The focus on reducing emissions and improving air quality in London aligns with corporate social responsibility. By investing in newer, cleaner refrigerated vans, your business can showcase its commitment to environmental sustainability, which can be a selling point for clients who prioritize eco-friendly suppliers. You could even go that one step further and take a look at purchasing on of our Electric Fridge Vans which have started to become more and more popular especially around inner cities where electric vehicles really do come into their own.
4. Competitive Edge
Businesses that adapt to changing regulations and invest in modern, efficient, and environmentally friendly equipment often gain a competitive edge in the market. New refrigerated vans can set your business apart from competitors who may struggle to meet ULEZ standards with their older fleets.
5. Reduced Operating Costs
While the upfront cost of new refrigerated vans may seem substantial, it’s essential to consider the long-term benefits. These vans typically have lower operating costs due to their improved fuel efficiency and reduced maintenance requirements, leading to cost savings over time.
6. Meeting Client Demands
As consumer preferences shift toward sustainable and eco-friendly practices, many clients are actively seeking suppliers who can meet these criteria. Upgrading your fleet with new refrigerated vans can position your business to meet these evolving demands and attract clients who prioritize responsible transportation.

The changes to London’s ULEZ regulations offer a unique opportunity for businesses in the transportation and logistics sector to enhance their operations. Investing in new refrigerated vans not only ensures compliance with ULEZ standards but also offers efficiency, reliability, environmental responsibility, and a competitive edge.

Are you ready for London’s new ULEZ?

December 10, 2020 / 1 Comments / 2182 /

If you drive a refrigerated van in and around Central London you will know about the Ultra Low Emission Zone or ULEZ, but did you know that this ULEZ will be expanded on the 25th October 2021?

In case you haven’t heard of the ULEZ it is a defined area in which all vehicles that drive inside this area will have to meet strict emission standards or will have to face a daily charge. The current area is exactly the same as the congestion charge, except it operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year except for Christmas day

This is the current ULEZ Zone:                 A map of the current ulez





And This is the ULEZ zone come October 25th 2021




As you can see the area is substantially larger now covering the North and South circular.

If you don’t have a qualifying fridge van the charge will be £12.50 per day.

Diesel vans that have a minimum emission standard of Euro 6 will be exempt from the ULEZ charge and a vehicle that is Euro 5 or under will have to pay the charge. You can check if your vehicle is exempt from the ULEZ by clicking here

All the fridge vans that we sell here at CoolVan are brand new vehicles so will always have the latest emission requirements. We can supply nearly all makes and models and because we convert the vans here on site it can be tailor-made to suit the temperature you require and the product you carry.

We can even arrange financing if required.

All the Euro 6.2 low emmision vans we sell can be found here.

We even offer zero emmision vans and are the forefront of testing the new refrigeration technologies available.

For any more information on our ULEZ qualifying vans please feel to call us or contact us through our excellent live chat system


Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone

February 13, 2020 / 0 Comments / 2599 /

Photo of a vehicle polluting the atmosphere

Great Manchester has announced it has plans to introduce a Clean Air Zone, this is to try and reduce the amount of pollution in the air such as harmful nitrogen Dioxide and particulates.

This will mean that drivers or owners of the most polluting non compliant vehicles would have to pay a daily charge to drive on the local roads in Greater Manchester.

If your refrigerated van is under 3.5 tonne Gross Vehicle Weight with a Euro 5 or earlier diesel engine then you are likely to be subject to the proposed daily charge that is to travel in the Clean Air Zone from 2023.

Euro 5 or earlier diesel engines are typically ones registered before September 2016. If you are unsure as to whether or not your vehicle is likely to be charged you can use this Vehicle Checker Link.

Charging for non compliant Light Goods Vehicles such as fridge vans that have a Euro 5 or earlier diesel engines is expected to be £7.50 per day.

Here is the Proposed Zone:


Greater Manchester are in the process of asking the government for a Clean Freight Fund, if this is granted then there is the potential of a scrappage scheme being announced, similar to the one available for people who enter or whose business is in the ULEZ in London. Here at CoolVan we will be keeping a close eye on this so we have all the information required when you call to enquire about replacing your old fridge van.

We are the leading seller of brand new refrigerated vans in the UK, these new refrigerated vans all come with the latest Euro 6.0 and 6.2 diesel engines, we are also at the forefront of the growing electric fridge van market, with a dedicated research and development department testing the best insulation, batteries and fridge systems to give you the best electric fridge van that we can.

If you would like any information regards upgrading to a new Refrigerated Vehicle or Electric Refrigerated Vehicle please contact us on 08008838282 or complete an enquiry form hereinside a ulez and clean air zone compliant fridge van

an electric fridge van charging

London Scrappage Scheme

January 31, 2020 / 0 Comments / 2415 /

If you have a refrigerated van that does not meet the stricter ULEZ emission standards that were set last April then you will have been paying the daily charge whenever you enter the ULEZ Zone. To support businesses in the Capital the Mayor of London has launched a scrappage scheme to help improve London’s air quality. If you have a business that has a van that does not meet the ULEZ standards and is based in a London borough or the City of London or if your refrigerated van frequently goes into the ULEZ zone then you could be eligible to apply for funds to scrap your older vehicle to help you switch to a new cleaner vehicle.

The funds have recently been increased to up to £7000 so now is a better time than ever to change your old van for a brand new one. Not only will you be saving money by not having to pay the ULEZ charge, you can also get up to £7000 for your old tired fridge van. This will probably be a lot more than you would get as a part exchange and you will also make a saving on fuel as the latest vans are a lot more fuel efficient as well as being cleaner and better for the environment.

Although the scheme is something you have to apply for yourself, here at Coolvan we can help you with this and guide you to the correct website and forms you need to complete.

To be eligble you have to fit into one of the 3 fund categories set by Transport For London (TFL)

Option 1: Scrappage for frequent users of the Congestion Charge area (£7,000)
The vehicle being scrapped must:
Have been driven within the Congestion Charge zone at least 26 times between 22 August 2018 and 22 February 2019 (six months before the start of the scrappage scheme). This will be checked against existing transactions in your London Road User Charging account.
For journeys made outside of Congestion Charge operational hours (07:00-18:00, Monday to Friday) we will consider evidence of travel
Be a pre-Euro 6 diesel light van (or charity-owned minibus) that doesn’t meet the ULEZ standards

Option 2: Scrappage and purchase/lease of Euro 6 replacement (£7,000)
The vehicle being scrapped must be:
A pre-Euro 6 diesel light van (or charity-owned minibus) that doesn’t meet the ULEZ standards
Replaced by purchase, lease or hire (for at least two years) with a Euro 6 diesel light van or Euro 6 diesel minibus (for charities only)
The eligible business must be registered at a Greater London address.

Option 3: Scrappage and contribution towards running costs (including insurance) of an electric vehicle (£9,500)
The grant payment is made up of £7,000 for scrapping ULEZ non- compliant vehicles plus a £2,500 contribution towards running costs (including insurance) of a replacement electric vehicle(s).

The vehicle being scrapped must be:
A pre-Euro 6 diesel light van (or charity-owned minibus) that does not meet the ULEZ standards
Replaced by purchase, lease or hire (for at least two years ) with an electric light van or electric minibus (for charities only)
For an eligible business not registered in Greater London the vehicle must also:
Have been driven within the Congestion Charge zone at least 26 times between 22 August 2018 and 22 February 2019 (six months before the start of the scrappage scheme). This will be checked against existing transactions in your London Road User Charging account.
For journeys made outside of Congestion Charge operational hours we will consider evidence of travel.
Refund of ULEZ charges
Successful applicants will be refunded any ULEZ charges paid for the scrapped vehicle(s) during the three months after their application was submitted providing they were paid via Auto Pay.

Organisation and vehicle eligibility
For Option 2 and Option 3, organisations must be able to prove that they’re registered at an address in a London borough or the City of London.
Micro businesses must have:
10 or fewer employees
Up to £632k turnover OR up to £316k balance sheet total in the preceding and current financial year AND
Companies House registration as an active company in the UK OR be VAT registered in the UK
Small businesses must have:
50 or fewer employees
An annual turnover of not more than £10.2 million OR a balance sheet total of not more than £5.1 million AND
Companies House registration as an active company in the UK OR be VAT registered in the UK
Sole traders must be:
A self-employed person who owns and operates a business as an individual
Charities must be an:
Entity registered with the Charity Commission as an active charity
Vehicle(s) you intend to scrap must be:
A van owned by an eligible business with up to and including 50 employees, or a minibus owned by a registered charity, for more than calendar 12 months before the start of the scrappage scheme on 22 February 2019
Insured for business use
Road taxed with a valid MOT
Scrapped at an approved Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF)
The vehicle that you want to scrap must also fail to meet the ULEZ emissions standards.

We have access to all makes and models with many in stock, all refrigerated van conversions are done on site by our own highly skilled engineers and the prices quoted include delivery to your doorstep.

with the new 20 plate coming on March 1st now is a great time to look at replacing your old fridge van for a new one.

Do I really need to run a fridge van?

June 15, 2017 / 0 Comments / 5163 /
A selection of refrigerated vehicles made in the UK by CoolVan

We’re often asked by customers who are new to the chilled transport business whether they really need a fridge van for their deliveries.

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Transport Refrigeration Explained

May 18, 2017 / 0 Comments / 2955 /

There seems to be a lot of confusion over what transport refrigeration actually is? It may seem like an obvious question but you would be surprised at how many people actually get it wrong.

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You wont lose your cool with this pharmaceutical van

April 10, 2017 / 0 Comments / 2190 /
Dual Temperature Fridge Van Collage

Did you know that it is not just food and perishble products that need transporting in a temperature controlled vehicle or fridge van.

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Compact Custom Makes A Great Home Delivery Van

January 19, 2017 / 0 Comments / 1884 /
Home Delivery Van By CoolVan

Normally when you think of a home delivery van you think of a big box on the back of a chassis cab. Its usually parked in a cul-de-sac or street getting in everyones way.

We were asked by an established retail chain, to build a compact, economical and manouverable van that could be designed around their requirements to carry a certain number of crates of both frozen and chilled produce at the same time.

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Coolvan On Tour!

May 26, 2016 / 0 Comments / 1318 /

Our intrepid logistics manager is currently on a 27 day pan-euro fridge van spotting tour. Follow the progress: #‎cventour‬

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