The Ford Transit Econetic model has been chosen by equipment hire specialists Speedy Hire to provide 19 vans to its fleet this week.
Ian Leonard, Speedy’s transport and logistics director, said: "We have set an ambitious target for the reduction of the company’s carbon footprint and we believe that the Ford Transit Econetic’s impressive environmental performance will help us achieve that."
Based on the short wheelbase version of the world’s best-selling van, Econetic versions feature a 2.2-litre 115PS Duratorq TDCi engine.
The engine is designed to be as efficient as possible and as a result delivers 39.2mpg for the large panel van. It also offers 189g/km of CO2 emissions, a figure Ford says is the best in its class.
Speedy Hire will monitor the 19 vans after they join a 200-strong fleet of Ford vehicles and promise to order more if they are a success.
Nick Halliday, Ford’s regional fleet manager, is confident the vans will pass the test. He said: "I am sure that Speedy will find the Ford Transit ECOnetic a major advantage in its quest, and as emissions standards continue to tighten we expect other businesses to follow."
The Ford Transit Econetic includes several driving aids as standard, such as Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Hill Launch Assist and optional rear parking sensors and rear view camera.
The Transit is capable of carrying up to 1,097kh and boasts a load volume of 6.5 cubic metres – the same as a standard Ford Transit without the more efficient technology.
The new Ford Transit Econetic is on sale in the UK now with prices starting from under £20,000.