British Gas 'delighted' to take 138 Primastars after trial

Posted on January 24, 2013 by in Latest News, News

The British Gas vans have stand-out livery and have been specially adapted for use by the company's engineers

NISSAN has delivered 138 Primastar vans to British Gas.

The energy supplier’s home services division has taken delivery of 80 of the vehicles and the remaining 58 will be allocated to its business services arm.

The short- and long-wheelbase vans have been deployed around the country and are becoming a familiar sight.

All of the vans are in British Gas cyan blue and thanks to the support of Nissan’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) were able to be equipped with internal racking to house the engineer’s tools and parts and a telematics system.

Over five years of service, each Primastar will cover up to 90,000 miles en route to delivering maintenance services to businesses and homes across the country.

The deal comes after British Gas earlier successfully trialled the Nissan e-NV200 last year as part of its ambition to switch 10 per cent of its 14,000 LCV fleet to electric over the next three years.

British Gas general fleet manager Colin Marriott said: ‘We’re delighted with the new Primastars and the conversion work to fit racking, telematics and striking liveries.

Building our relationship

‘Throughout this deal the professional support from Nissan has been excellent and they are now proving to be a serious LCV fleet manufacturer. The e-NV200 trial was a success and we’re happy to continue to build our relationship with Nissan with these new Primastars.’

Jon Pollock, Nissan’s corporate sales director, said: ‘This is a prestigious order that underlines our commitment to LCV growth. The Primastar is an ideal van for British Gas and the engineers will enjoy the good levels of driver comfort and ample load space to carry all of their tools and equipment.

‘With SVO’s support on the conversion we were able to ensure that British Gas has taken delivery of some excellent bespoke vehicles without impacting the vehicle warranty.’

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