The deal to supply the vans to British Gas included modifying the platform cab to incorporate the specialist equipment engineers need, said Vauxhall, which was chosen ahead of several other van makers to complete the contract.
Colin Marriott, General Fleet Manager at British Gas Centrica, said, “We chose the Movano because it’s one of the most fuel-efficient and reliable light commercial vehicles around. The environment in which they operate is not only specialised but demanding too, and we needed a vehicle that would carry and accommodate the load without any trouble."
Modifications include a lower floor and a new ‘air management system’ to improve fuel consumption. Extra safety features include high-grip rubber coating to allow easier entry and exit, while a blue paint job is designed to coincide with the rest of the 10,500 vans in the British Gas fleet.
Richard Collier, Vauxhall’s National Commercial Vehicles Sales Manager, said, “It is fantastic to see one British brand partner with another prominent British brand, and we at Vauxhall are very much looking forward to partnering British Gas.”
The deal highlights the flexibility of the Vauxhall Movano panel van, which comes in three wheelbase lengths and various different heights, body styles and specification levels.
Starting from £21,100, the Vauxhall Movano is available in chassis cabs, crew cabs, platform cabs and conversions such as the British Gas models.
Under the tagline ‘No job too big’, the Movano is a popular van amongst UK buyers, helping Vauxhall become one of the best-selling van producer in the UK.
It is also one of the only British-based van builders. The Vauxhall Vivaro is currently built at the Luton plant and Vauxhall has confirmed 2012 generation models will continue to be built at the site once production begins.