Phononic and Sortimo Launch EV Designed for Transporting the ‘Cool’ Last Mile

DURHAM, NC and Norcross, GA [1]  Phononic, the global leader in solid state cooling technology, and Sortimo of North America[2] , a global innovator of highly organized & intelligent van shelving solutions, have developed a cold chain transport van for grocery retailers to deliver on ecommerce in a more sustainable way.

Phononic’s first electric vehicle, a Ford E-Transit (Extended version), will be upfitted with the company’s Actively Cooled Tote and Sortimo’s customized FR5 & SR5 van shelving to create an optimal and efficient way to store chilled, frozen and general merchandise orders all in one vehicle during grocery delivery. With the SR5, the shelves can be configured to fit any space, optimizing payload and cargo capacity. As online ordering becomes consumers’ preferred option, all-electric technology can help grocers enhance their last mile delivery fleet in a sustainable way, offering access to same-day deliveries while driving a strong ROI with enhanced customer loyalty and increased levels of sustainability.

“Developing innovative mobility solutions that can help solve issues concerning our environment is what we’re passionate about and we’re always thrilled to work closely with customers who share a similar mission,” said Erik Nelson, Director of Sales – Fleet Mobility Solutions at Sortimo. “Working alongside Phononic to upfit this one-of-a-kind, environmentally-friendly all-electric vehicle allows us to be a part of designing the first wave of truly sustainable grocery delivery.”

“The current process of grocery delivery is not sustainable for longevity if retailers want to remain relevant and competitive. Today’s grocery delivery needs demand a new approach that’s sustainable and cost-effective,” said Dana Krug, Vice President and General Manager at Phononic. “Combine Phononic’s cooling technology, which uses just water mixed with naturally available CO2 and a Global Warming Impact (GWP) of 1, with a high-performing, all-electric vehicle, and you’ve got the strongest approach yet to sustainable last mile delivery. With this design, we’re able to offer one of the most sustainable ways to deliver groceries without significantly impacting the range of the vehicle, which hasn’t been done before.”

About Sortimo of North America:

Innovative. Intelligent. International.

Sortimo of North America is a leader in mobile organization, providing the most innovative interior shelving, product storage, mobile tool, & van racking products for both EV & ICE powered vehicles globally.  Organization is the keyword, because every pound of unnecessary cargo costs fuel and every repeat trip takes more time. For us, this means developing intelligent products and services that add value to our customers beyond their requirements to make their daily work much easier. With our solutions, our customers experience a lasting increase in productivity and efficiency.  As an international company, we take our responsibility for our global environmental impact very seriously… Our target is ambitious: By 2025, we will be in climate-neutral and carbon-neutral production at our one and only production facility, located in Germany.

About Phononic:

As the global leader in solid state cooling technology, Phononic is driving the world to a more sustainable way to cool. Its transformational technology reduces greenhouse gas (GhG) emissions and supports climate goals, while meeting the demanding performance needs of the market. The company’s thermoelectric devices and integrated products are mission critical to how people work and communicate; automobiles ‘see’; the protection and effective delivery of life-saving vaccines and drugs; last mile solutions supporting e-commerce; and innovative methods to cool living and work spaces.