IF you or your employees had to operate in inhospitable areas far away from all amenities, what would you do when it was time for a break? This is the problem faced by Llantrisant-based Voltcom Group, whose electrical engineers work on power lines in some of the UK’s most remote areas.
The company’s answer was to provide its workers with ‘refuge’ vans, based on specially-adapted Mercedes-Benz Sprinters.
Voltcom recently bought 10 Medium-Length Sprinter 313 CDIs from Sussex and Surrey Dealer Rossetts Commercials. The vans have been converted by Bodybuilder Cardiff Truck & Bus for use as ‘Welfare Vans’.
In addition to the three front seats, the Sprinters are fitted with a further five seats and a table in the rear. There’s also a galley with a sink with hot and cold water, a microwave oven and a hot drinks dispenser. A separate compartment at the rear incorporates a second sink unit, a drying area for wet clothes and an electric flush toilet.
Voltcom Group Director John Nash told Business Vans: “We chose the Sprinter because of its reputation for reliability, durability and competitive running costs, and because it is an ideal base chassis for our conversion.