British Gas turns to Ford Transit

The company has ordered 343 extra Transit vans to cope with the poor weather conditions and answer the 10,000 service calls a day across the UK.

The medium wheelbase versions of the UK’s most popular van includes 60 all-wheel drive versiosn to be used in the wet and icy UK winter.

The Southampton-built vans are expected to provide assistance to 12 million homes and a million businesses across the UK in total.

Colin Marriott, general manager of the British Gas fleet, said: "We have been using Ford Transits for several years now and they are proving very reliable. Ford offer well-engineered vans combined with great after-sales service making them the best option for our expanding fleet."

British Gas also praised the low running costs of the Ford Transit, calculating it boasted the lowest cost of ownership in its class over a five-year life cycle.

Kevin Griffin, director of fleet operations, Ford of Britain, said: "It is a testament to the popularity and reliability of the Ford Transit that British Gas now have over 1,000 on their fleet.”

The Ford Transit celebrated 45 years of production in April this year. The popular van has clocked up more than 2.1 million sales since the first model rolled off the production line in 1965.

To celebrate, a special edition ‘Sapphire’ model was produced at the Southampton plant. The van is currently built at the Southampton plant, but Ford also has factories in Turkey and China.