Ford is to deliver 189 new Transit Custom vans to gas distribution company SGN. The vans will be used by engineers as emergency response vehicles.
SGN manages a gas distribution network to 5.8 million homes and businesses across the UK.
SGN currently operates 400 vans across Scotland and southern England. The firm chose the Custom because it features a load-through bulkhead, which allows floor-level carrying of three-metre long gas pipes.
“This eliminates the need for our engineers to load heavy copper piping at higher than head height, so there is reduced potential for an accident,” said Paul Davies, SGN fleet manager. “These vans are on the go 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so they have not only to be economical, reliable and spacious but also to provide a good working environment for operators. They have to be right for our drivers, and the Ford Transit Custom certainly meets their requirements.”
SGN’s Transits are short wheelbase, high roofed models powered by Ford’s 100hp 2.2-litre diesel engine.
The vehicles feature a bespoke stainless steel racking system designed by conversion firm Tevo as well as safety steps, additional lighting, load area heating and safe storage areas.
An SGN spokeswoman confirmed the Fords replace Vauxhall models.