AS homes get smarter the rollout of Smart Meters continues at a rapidly increasing pace. To keep up with the demand to install Smart Meters in homes across the UK, Actavo, a global leader in engineering solutions, has selected Europcar UK to help get its fast-growing network of engineers on the road.
Actavo is an expert in communications and power infrastructure and employs 6,000 people worldwide. Some of those people will the mobile engineers fulfilling the recently won contract to install gas Smart Meters in homes across the UK.
To get the engineers on the road Actavo needed access to a large number of vans, fitted-out to its own specification, as quickly as possible. In particular, the engineers had to have access to Bluetooth so that they could use Apple Airtime on their mobile devices for navigation.
“Having recently won key contracts to install Smart Meters in homes across the UK, we needed to recruit new engineers and have them on the road as quickly as possible.” explained Edward Comerford, Fleet Manager at Actavo
That is where Europcar’s commercial vehicle fleet came in. Actavo wanted a flexible solution and with a wide range of vehicle choices and experience in working with a number of different businesses Europcar were the ideal fit.
Europcar identified the Citroen Dispatch Panel Van as the perfect solution for the Actavo engineers. It’s comfortable and economical, and the dual side loading doors means the engineers don’t have to worry about where they can park when unloading the new Smart Meters.
Each Citroen Dispatch was pre-fitted with racking and Flettner air vents to release any gas residue as well as liveried with the Actavo brand. And not forgetting the all important Bluetooth connectivity for the engineers satellite navigation.
Stuart Russell, Specialist Vehicles Director, Europcar UK Group added: “Our strong working partnerships with the key commercial vehicle manufacturers means we have the flexibility to provide a wide diversity of vehicles at short notice. This was particularly the case for the Actavo contract.”
As part of a tailor made solution Europcar were also able to recommend a provider for driver training for the new engineers, creating a flexible solution that can adapt as requirements change.