In the single biggest ‘roll out’ of new vehicles ever conducted, and after a comprehensive tender exercise, we have taken delivery of 210 new vans from Transflex to achieve valuable fuel savings and CO2 reductions.
The line-up includes a number of Sprinter models but with more than 100 examples now in service, it is the small Citan which forms the backbone of our new-look fleet. All 109 CDI models with advanced 90 hp Euro 5 engines that return up to 65.7 mpg (combined cycle), the Citans have made a major contribution towards the 23% reduction in carbon emissions which we have achieved since standing down our previous, ageing fleet.
We have assigned the new long-bodied Citans to mobile mechanical and electrical engineers, the majority of whom are employed across its Lorne Stewart Engineering, Facilities and Rotary Building Services divisions. The vehicles have lined cargo areas with racking to carry tools and spares for air conditioning and refrigeration units, boilers and other installations. They are also fitted with roof bars for carrying ladders and pipe tubes.
Paul Booth, Lorne Stewart Group Support Services Director commented:
“Our engineers are certainly enjoying their comfortable new vans, which look great with the refreshed branding – this, along with the three-pointed star, can only help to reinforce our image as a quality business. Most importantly, though, their impressive fuel-efficiency has allowed us to achieve a substantial reduction in CO2 emissions, and the process of moving towards an even greener fleet will continue as we start to take on our first Euro 6 models.”
Transflex Director Nick Skillman added:
“Lorne Stewart Group is a leader in its field and a business with an outstanding reputation, so we were delighted to win the tender for its fleet replacement programme."