An order for 96 Isuzu D-Max pick-up trucks has been placed by Western Power Distribution.

The new vehicles will be used to service and maintain powerlines, including in remote and rugged locations such as the Brecon Beacons and Dartmoor, where the D-Max is said to have proved its usefulness since first joining the fleet in 2015.

The latest vehicles to be ordered are extended cab versions, allowing room for a large utility body conversion from Strongs Plastic Products while also accommodating a driver and up to three passengers in the cab.

Strongs has also fitted a drawer system with push-button retainers, roller shutters, a 1000W inverter, Chapter 8 decals, Tow Trust rear steps and magnetic work lamps

Western Power Distribution’s specification also includes a speed limiter and ‘Scorpion’ alarm, fitted by Isuzu’s fleet service team.

Western Power Distribution fleet technical specialist Jane Nicholson said: “We’ve run D-Max pick-ups for five years and have been constantly impressed by this extremely tough and capable vehicle. 

“The fleet service team at Isuzu have always gone the extra mile to develop a tailored solution for our very specialist requirements and we’re delighted with their professionalism and flexibility, from the initial ordering process to servicing and maintenance.”