Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services, a multinational building and energy company, claims to have slashed its fuel costs since taking on a fleet of 152 Citan 109 CDIs in June.

It is the biggest order to date of the Mercedes van since its launch in January 2013, according to the manufacturer.

Brand’s UK transport manager, John McKeever, said: “Some of the Citans are returning as much as 62mpg, which represents a 12mpg improvement over the light vans we were running previously.” The company told WhatVan? it had previously been running a fleet of Peugeot Partners.

All the models are Extra-long Dualiners with a second rows of seats and their main function is to transport scaffolders and other operatives with their tools, to and from job sites. The vans were fitted with a bulkhead, specially designed by Brand’s UK transport team to provide additional safety for their staff, which can be folded out of the way, along with the rear row of seats, to maximise load carrying capacity.

The Citans are on a 30,000 miles/90,000 miles a year leasing contract with maintenance and repairs included.

Brand has also been supplied with 23 Mercedes Sprinter 313 CDI chassis cabs by S&B Commercials.