Ford has increased the size of its mobile van service fleet by nearly a third, a move it says has been prompted by the UK’s increased reliance on van-delivered goods.
The service was first introduced in 2016, and the new addition of 27 vans takes the total number on the fleet to 130.
The vans allow service and repair work on Ford commercial vehicles at a pre-arranged time slot and location so downtime can be minimised.
Each van is able to conduct up to five vehicle services per day, with the potential to undertake multiple services at any location.
The vans are fitted with a bespoke racking system by Edstrom, including custom shelving, storage and compartments to hold all the tools needed for a comprehensive service.
Equipment includes a 2.5t jack and axle stands to allow technicians easy access to the underside of vehicles, and on-board diagnostics allowing servicing of all Ford vehicles in the range.
Ford’s Omnicraft parts range means the technician can also service and maintain non-Ford vehicles.
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, technicians have also been equipped with PPE, while deep cleaning processes and social distancing procedures have also been introduced.
Ford of Britain and Ireland commercial vehicle director Mandy Dean said: “Customers are relying on their vans’ smooth running more than ever. Regular servicing ensures that their vehicles remain safe, receive important updates and deliver optimal fuel economy.
“Our mobile service van initiative is enjoying renewed interest as a Covid-secure and time-efficient way to maintain fleets.”