Instead the company tasked with maintaining the country’s electricity network will use 80 low-CO2 diesel Ford Fiestas for its engineers.
After deciding to refresh its fleet of cars, the National Grid decided on the Ford Focus for its engineers, which will be used by trainee engineers to travel across the country as part of their training.
The Ford Fiesta chosen is the Econetic model, one of the most frugal diesel cars on the market in the UK. The compact three- or five-door Econetic models use a 1.6-litre diesel engine delivering 95PS.
Both versions use a five-speed manual gearbox and deliver CO2 emissions of just 95g/km – enough to qualify for Band A of road tax which means nothing needs to be paid.
It is also exempt from the London congestion charge if the engineers need to travel into the capital as part of their training.
Stephen Gafson, Ford direct sales business manager, said: “This was a very competitive tender and one which Ford is delighted to have won. The Fiesta Edge ECOnetic is a perfect choice for the job.”
The Ford Fiesta Econetic come in Edge specification which means air conditioning, a radio/CD player and body coloured bumpers and wing mirrors as standard.
The Ford Fiesta Econetic cars also include Ford’s Easyfuel system, which stops the driver accidently putting petrol in a diesel engine.
“Our ‘user-chooser’ company car scheme was not appropriate for such a large number of new, young engineers,” said fleet operations manager David Morse, “Ford was successful in the tender process and the Fiesta ECOnetic fitted the bill perfectly.”
Prices for the Ford Fiesta Econetic start from £13,895 for the three-door and £14,495 for the five-door model.