As part of a continuous drive to reduce its fleet carbon footprint and to deliver on-going financial savings, Hewer Facilities Management Ltd (Hewer FM) has just specified Euro 5 Berlingo vans as part of its latest fleet replacement and fleet expansion programme. The Gloucester based company has just taken delivery of 36 high specification Berlingo HDi 90 manual L1 Enterprise vans, which are finished in the latest version of its striking black and red livery.
Robert Willmott, Hewer FM’s Contract Manager, explains;“We have had a long and successful operating experience with Berlingo vans, which now form the majority of our 65-strong fleet. As an environmentally conscious company, every fleet renewal time we carry out a comprehensive review to see whether there is a van that can beat the Berlingo. To date we have continued to acquire Berlingos because of their unbeatable combination of environmental, operational, financial and driver benefits. These latest Euro 5 Berlingos are nearly 10% more fuel efficient than the Euro 4 versions they replace and their CO2 emissions are 13g/km lower.”
Mr Willmott adds; “Berlingos also provide us with other cost savings and productivity benefits, as they are running on 30 per cent biodiesel fuel. Also, the standard fit Trafficmaster Smartnav satellite navigation system and Trackstar stolen vehicle tracking means we have achieved additional cost savings and lower insurance premiums.”
Supplied by Citroën Business Centre, Warners Citroën of Cheltenham, Hewer FM has acquired its latest Berlingo vans on a mix of outright purchase and three-year, 60,000 mile Arval contract hire with maintenance agreements. In addition to the Berlingo Enterprise’s high level of standard equipment – which includes air conditioning, Bluetooth®, reverse park sensors and a dual passenger seat – these vans have been fitted with a full steel bulkhead, polypropylene load compartment lining, non-slip composite flooring and roof bars. Hewer FM has also specified specifically designed racking to meet the requirements of the company’s engineers.
Hewer FM is involved in heating and electrical projects for businesses, local authorities and health services, as well as domestic customers within a 100 mile radius of its base. The new Berlingos are being used by its engineers to support these operations and its wide ranging and long-established facilities management activities.
The company is also continuing to grow its Failsafe domestic heating care plan, which has gained over 1,000 customers since launch. A new renewable energy operation has gained approval to the Microgeneration Certification Scheme, which allows it to design and install various renewable energy technologies.
“Just like the CitroënBerlingos we have replaced, we expect these new Euro 5 Berlingos to deliver on our key environmental, economical and operational requirements. As such we expect them to provide additional fuel cost savings of many thousands of pounds and drive our CO2 emissions down by several tonnes a year,” concludes Robert Willmott.