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Building company the Gelder Group has just taken delivery of 10 Ford Transit ECOnetics as part of its policy to lower environmental emissions

Gelder builders: 10 new Transit ECOnetics

Gelder Group adds 10 Ford Transit Econetics to its fleet

A Lincolnshire-based building company – Gelder Group – has chosen the Ford Transit ECOnetic for its improved fuel economy and tax benefits and best-in-class CO2 emissions.

The new Ford Transit ECOnetic models will boost Gelder Groups’ fleet to more than 200 vehicles, of which about 80% are Fords.

The Ford Transit ECOnetic van uses a 2.2-litre TDCi 115PS diesel engine and six-speed gearbox. Ford’s greenest Transit van features optimised engine mapping and longer gearing, along with aerodynamic wheel covers and a shift indicator to help achieve a class-leading 189g/km CO2 figure and a combined fuel economy cycle of 39.2mpg.

Gelder Group fleet manager David Leak said: “The Gelder Group is constantly looking for new ways to operate in a more sustainable manner. The new Ford Transit ECOnetic, with its improved fuel economy and lower emissions, is exactly what we were looking for.”

Gelder Group environmental officer James Hill added: “It seems logical that every fossil fuel-powered vehicle we operate should have efficiency and cleanliness placed among the very top of its performance standards. This new Transit is the best commercial vehicle we could find that satisfies those standards.”

Ford vehicle director Steve Clary added: “Sales of the Ford Transit ECOnetic doubled in 2010 from 2009 and as we move closer to tighter emissions standards in the UK, we expect continued sales growth in this area.”

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