BRENTWOOD, England – British Gas has ordered 520 Transit models for use by its central heating engineers.
Colin Marriott, fleet general manager, British Gas, said: “It was a no-brainer really, the vans used by our central heating installation engineers are a vital resource for them and they love the Transit. When we asked, they said: ‘Give us the same again, please.’ On top of that, by sticking with the same body shape, we have been able to take fantastic advantage of reusing all the racking systems, saving tons of steel, energy and a lot of money.”
The Transit was chosen for several reasons, principally its class-leading economy and low emissions, provided by its Dagenham-built 125PS 2.2-litre TDCi diesel engine. Another plus point was the security offered by the Transit’s large load capacity, which enables awkward loads to be accommodated inside the van, rather than on external racking.
The vans meet BG’s sophisticated vehicle whole life cost model, which also determines the replacement timing for its vehicles.
All the Transits being supplied are 330 medium wheelbase, medium roof models, equipped with air-conditioning, speed limiter and winter tyres, enabling the engineers to carry out their work in the toughest of environments. Some thirty-two of the vans will be four-wheel drive versions, which will be located strategically around the country for use in the most severe weather.