Vehicle contract hire giant Alphabet is to supply 146 specially adapted light vans for cherry picker mobile access equipment specialist Mobile Platforms.
This will see National Platforms completely renew its existing fleet of adapted Ford, Vauxhall and Iveco-based mobile platforms, and move away from a so called ‘flexi-hire’ agreement to contract hire, which Alphabet claims will save the business more than £32,000 in fleet hire costs every year. It also said that increased vehicle efficiencies will mean fleet-wide fuel usage being reduced by 35% once the new model vans enter service.
‘We’re absolutely delighted to announce our new contract with Nationwide Platforms,’ said Alphabet chief operating officer, Paul Hollick. ‘By working closely with the fleet procurement team, we’ve designed a completely bespoke mobility system,’ he said.
The deal comes after an 11-month tendering process, that over the course of this year will see the introduction of vehicles overseen by Alphabet. It will be responsible for van liveries, and is also working with Shropshire-based Qi Van Systems, which is overseeing the installation of folding cranes into the vehicles.
‘We made the decision to work with Alphabet due to the organisation’s extensive experience in the sector and customised service offering,’ said Nationwide Platforms’ managing director Jeremy Fish. ‘As well as bringing our service vehicles up to date, the new agreement has been specifically developed to streamline our business mobility and lower fleet running costs,’ he said.