WITH the current cold spell driving home owners and businesses across the UK to get their heating systems checked, Nissan’s Primastar van is likely to become a familiar sight on the nation’s roads. The company recently supplied British Gas with 138 Primastars for its home and business service fleets.
The long- and short-wheelbase vans have been supplied in British Gas cyan blue livery and equipped with internal racking to house engineers’ tools and parts, and a telematics system, thanks to Nissan Special Vehicle Operations (SVO).
The Primastars will give five years of service covering up to 90,000 miles during the provision of maintenance services to businesses and residential homes across the country. Eighty vans went into service with British Gas’s home services division while the remaining 58 are on duty with its business services arm.
The British Gas order follows the company’s trial of the Nissan e-NV200 last year as part of its plans to switch 10% of its 14,000 LCV fleet to electric during the next three years.
British Gas general fleet manager Colin Marriott said: “We’re delighted with the new Primastars and the conversion work to fit racking, telematics and striking liveries. Throughout this deal, the professional support from Nissan has been excellent and they are now proving to be a serious LCV fleet manufacturer. The e-NV200 trial was a success and we’re happy to continue to build our relationship with Nissan with these new Primastars.”
Jon Pollock, Nissan’s corporate sales director, told Business Vans: “This is a prestigious order that underlines our commitment to LCV growth. The Primastar is an ideal van for British Gas and the engineers will enjoy the good levels of driver comfort and ample load space to carry all of their tools and equipment. With SVO’s support on the conversion, we were able to ensure that British Gas has taken delivery of some excellent bespoke business vans without impacting the vehicle warranty.”
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